|Born||September 22, 1932
|Alma mater||Tokyo Institute of Technology|
|Notable students||Yoshihisa Yamamoto|
1986 IEEE David Sarnoff Award
Yasuharu Suematsu was born on September 22, 1932, in Gifu, Japan. He received both his B.S. (1955) and Ph.D. (1960) from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Afterwards, he joined the faculty of the Tokyo Institute of Technology as a professor, and became its president in 1989. Later he also held the positions as first President of the newly founded Kochi University of Technology and later became Director General of the National Institute of Informatics. He authored at least 19 books and more than 260 scientific papers.
Professor Suematsu is best known for his contributions to the development of optical fiber communication. He developed semiconductor lasers which even under high-speed modulation produce light at a stable wavelength which coincides with the wavelength region where the optical losses of fibers reach its minimum.
- The Japan Prize Foundation: Dr. Yasuharu Suematsu. Dated 2014, Archived copy at archive.org
- "Analysis of novel resonant electron transfer triode device using metal-insulator superlattice for high speed response". IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. QE-22 (9): 1880–1886. September 1986. doi:10.1109/JQE.1986.1073178.
- Yoshihisa Yamamoto: Curriculum Vitae. Dated January 2005. Original at stanford.edu[dead link], Archived July 18, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal Recipients, Archived copy at archive.org
- Kochi University of Technology: Congratulating Professor Emeritus Yasuharu Suematsu on winning the Japan Prize. Dated January 31, 2014, Archived copy at archive.org
- The Japan Prize Foundation: Pioneering research on semiconductor lasers for high-capacity, long-distance optical fiber communication, Archived copy at archive.org
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