Toshisuke Hirano holds a B. S., degree in mechanical engineering from Yokohama National University and an M. S., in Aeronautics from the University of Tokyo. He also has a Dr. Eng., degree from the University of Tokyo. He is presently Associate Professor in the Department of Reaction Chem., at the University of Tokyo. He was an exchange visitor sent by the Japan Ministry of Education to the ITT Research Institute (Chicago) in 1972.