It would be difficult to find a more worthy candidate for the Fleming Medal than Syun-lchi Akasofu. Currently professor of geophysics at the University of Alaska, a post he has held since 1964, he typifies the physics of the aurora to the space science community. Syun was born in Nagano-ken, Japan, on December 4, 1930. He received his B.S. degree in geophysics from Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan in 1953 and his M.S. in 1957 from the same university. He came to the University of Alaska and was appointed research assis tant in 1958 where he became a long-term associate of Professor Sydney Chapman. He received his Ph.D. in 1961 at Alaska.