Masaru Ibuka, co-founder of Sony
|Born||April 11, 1908
Nikkō City, Japan
|Died||December 19, 1997 (aged 89)
|Cause of death||Heart failure|
Ibuka graduated in 1933 from Waseda University. After graduating, he went to work at Photo-Chemical Laboratory, a company which processed movie film. He later served in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, being a member of the Imperial Navy Wartime Research Committee. In 1946, he left the company and navy, and founded a bombed out radio repair shop in Tokyo.
In 1946 Ibuka and Akio Morita co-founded Sony Corporation, originally named Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation (prior to 1958). Ibuka was instrumental in securing the licensing of transistor technology to Sony from Bell Labs in the 1950s, thus making Sony one of the first companies to apply transistor technology to non-military uses. Ibuka served as president of Sony from 1950 to 1971, and then served as chairman of Sony between 1971 and 1976.
Ibuka left Sony in 1976, but maintained close ties as an advisor until his death in 1997 from heart failure at the age of 89.
Ibuka was awarded the Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon in 1960; The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasures in 1978 and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in 1986; the Commander First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star of Sweden in 1986; And the Order of Culture in 1992; and posthumous the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun with Paulownia Flowers in 1997.
Ibuka received Honorary Doctorates from the Sophia University, Tokyo in 1976, from the Waseda University, Tokyo in 1979, and from Brown University (USA) in 1994. The IEEE awarded him the IEEE Founders Medal in 1972 and the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award in 1987.In 1991 the World Organization of the Scout Movement awarded him the Bronze Wolf.
Ibuka also authored the book Kindergarten is Too Late (1971), in which he claims that the most significant human learning occurs from birth to 3 years old and suggests ways and means to take advantage of this. The book's foreword was written by Glenn Doman, founder of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, an organization that teaches parents about child brain development. Ibuka and Doman agreed that the first years of life were vital for education.
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- Other awards: 1964. Distinguished Services Award from the Institute of Electrical Communication Engineers of Japan; 1981. Humanism and Technology Award from the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies; 1986. [Eduard Rhein Ring of Honor]], German Eduard Rhein Foundation; 1989. Designated Person of Cultural Merits by Ministry of Education; 199. The Presidential Award and Medallion from the University of Illinois (USA); 1992. Masaru Ibuka memorial hall was built in Waseda University; 1993. Honorary Citizen of Tokyo
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