Masaru Ibuka

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Masaru Ibuka (井深大 Ibuka Masaru, April 11, 1908 in Nikko City, Japan - December 19, 1997 in Tokyo) was a Japanese electronics industrialist.

He graduated in 1933 from Waseda University where he earned the nickname "genius inventor." He co-founded Sony Corporation in 1946 (originally named Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation prior to 1958) with Akio Morita. Served as president of Sony Corporation from 1950 to 1971. Then served as chairman of Sony Corporation between 1971 and 1976.

He also authored the book 'Kindergarten is Too Late' (1971) where he claims that the most significant human learning occurs between ages -9 months to 3 years and suggests ways and means to take advantage of this. Ibuka's books (http://www.sony-ef.or.jp/english/activity/eda/books.html)

Awards and Honors

  • 1960 Awarded Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon from H.M. The Emperor of Japan
  • 1964 Received Distinguished Services Award from the Institute of Electrical Communication Engineers of Japan
  • 1972 Received Founders Medal from IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • 1976 Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Sophia University, Tokyo
  • 1978 Decorated by H.M. the Emperor of Japan, with the First Class Order of the Sacred Treasure
  • 1979 Honorary Doctor of Science, Waseda University, Tokyo
  • 1981 Received Humanism and Technology Award from the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies
  • 1986 Decorated by H.M. the Emperor of Japan, with the First Class Order of the Rising Sun with the GrandCordon
  • 1986 Decorated by H.M. the King of Sweden, with Commander First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star
  • 1986 Awarded Eduard Rhein "Ring of Honor"
  • 1989 Designated Person of Cultural Merits by Ministry of Education
  • 1992 Decorated by H.M. the Emperor of Japan, with Order of Culture
  • 1993 Named Honorary Citizen of Tokyo
  • 1994 Honorary Doctor of Science, Brown University, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

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