Dr. Katsuko is broadly recognized for 2 analysis initiatives. She was one of many first to check and measure the degrees of carbon dioxide in seawater. Her methodology got here to be referred to as ‘Saruhashi’s Desk’ and was broadly utilized by oceanographers.
She additionally measured the unfold and fallout from nuclear testing within the 1950s. When a number of nations have been conducting nuclear checks at distant websites, there have been issues in regards to the quantity of radioactive materials reaching Japan by way of air or seawater. She discovered that fallout from an American bomb take a look at on the Pacific Island of Bikini reached Japan by way of seawater a 12 months and a half after the take a look at.
Dr. Katsuko was the primary lady to be awarded a doctoral diploma in Chemistry from the College of Tokyo in 1957. She was the primary lady to be elected as a member of the Science Council of Japan. She was additionally the primary lady to obtain the Miyake Prize for geochemistry in 1985
In 1981, she established the Saruhashi Prize, given every year to a Japanese lady who has made essential contributions to the sector of pure sciences.
A-Z of Ladies in Science and Math quotes Dr. Katsuko as saying, “the prize highlights the capabilities of girls scientists. Every winner has not solely been a profitable researcher, however an exquisite human being as effectively.”