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Completing his graduate studies in two years, Ooguri secured a tenured faculty position at the University of Tokyo in 1986. Following appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the University of Chicago, and Kyoto University, he joined UC Berkeley as a Professor in 1994.
In 2000, he transitioned to Caltech, where he is the inaugural holder of the Fred Kavli Chair. At Caltech, Ooguri is the Founding Director of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics. Additionally, He serves as the Director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo. He was the President and is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Center for Physics. Ooguri has received the Medal of Honor from the Emperor of Japan, the Eisenbud Prize from the American Mathematical Society, the Simons Investigator Award, and the Humboldt Research Award.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ooguri’s popular science books have sold over 300,000 copies in Japan. He also supervised a science movie, which was selected for the Best Educational Production Award from the International Planetarium Society and has been translated into six languages.