|Birth Day:||April 11, 1908|
|Death Date:||Dec 19, 1997 (age 89)|
Japanese entrepreneur who co-founded the Sony Corporation. He and Akio Morita initially named their company the Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation.
As per our current Database, Masaru Ibuka died on Dec 19, 1997 (age 89).
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After graduating from Waseda University and working for a time in a film processing laboratory, he fought in World War II as a member of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
In 1908, Masaru Ibuka was born as the first son of Tasuku Ibuka who was a student of Inazo Nitobe. But Masaru lost his father at an early age. Masaru moved to Kobe because his mother remarried. He could pass the entrance exam of Hyogo Prefectural 1st Kobe Boys’ School (now, Hyogo Prefectural Kobe High School). It is said that he felt especially happy about this success. And then Ibuka graduated from Waseda University in 1933. He then went to work at Photo-Chemical Laboratory, a company which processed movie film, and later served in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II where he was a member of the Imperial Navy Wartime Research Committee. In September 1945, he left the company and navy, and founded a radio repair shop in the bombed out Shirokiya Department Store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
In 1946, a fellow wartime researcher, Akio Morita, saw a newspaper article about Ibuka's new venture and after some correspondence, chose to join him in Tokyo. With funding from Morita's father, they co-founded Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, which became known as Sony Corporation in 1958. Ibuka was instrumental in securing the licensing of transistor technology from Bell Labs to Sony in the 1950s, thus making Sony one of the first companies to apply transistor technology to non-military uses. He also led the research and development team that developed Sony's Trinitron color television in 1967. Ibuka served as president of Sony from 1950 to 1971, and then served as chairman of Sony from 1971 until he retired in 1976.
Ibuka was awarded the Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon in 1960, and was decorated with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1978 and with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in 1986. He was further decorated as a Commander First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star of Sweden in that year, named a Person of Cultural Merit in 1989 and decorated with the Order of Culture in 1992.
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; 1991, The Presidential Award and Medallion from the University of Illinois.
Ibuka received Honorary Doctorates from Sophia University, Tokyo in 1976, from Waseda University, Tokyo in 1979, and from Brown University (US) in 1994. The IEEE awarded him the IEEE Founders Medal in 1972 and named the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award after him in 1987.
Ibuka served as the Chairman of the National Board of Governors of the Boy Scouts of Nippon. In 1991 the World Organization of the Scout Movement awarded him the Bronze Wolf. In 1989 he also received the highest distinction of the Scout Association of Japan, the Golden Pheasant Award.
Currently, Masaru Ibuka is 113 years, 5 months and 11 days old. Masaru Ibuka will celebrate 114th birthday on a Monday 11th of April 2022.
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