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Date of Birth
May 8, 1943

1966: Graduated from Department of Electronic Engineering, School of
Engineering, Tohoku University
1971: Obtained a doctorate in engineering from Department of Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of
Engineering, Tohoku University
1971: Joined Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co., Ltd. (currently Toshiba Corporation)
1994: Resigned Toshiba Corporation and appointed as a professor of Graduate School of Information
Sciences, Tohoku University
1996: Transitioned to a professor of Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University
2004: Appointed as the director and chief technology officer of Unisantis Electronics (Japan) Ltd.
2007: Retired Tohoku University and appointed as a professor emeritus of the University
2012: Changed the corporate name from Unisantis Electronics (Japan) Ltd. to Semicon Consulting Ltd.,
continuing up to today

Major Patents, Papers, and Publications (out of 189 patents, 79 papers, and 114 Int'l conference publications)
F. Masuoka, U.S. Patent, 4, 437, 174, Mar.13, 1984 (national patent application, 1981)
F. Masuoka, U.S. Patent, 5, 245, 566, Sept. 14, 1993 (national patent application, 1987)
F. Masuoka, et al., IEEE Tech. Digest, IEDM, 1984, p.464-467
F. Masuoka, et al., IEEE Tech. Digest, IEDM, 1987, p.552-555
B. Fulford:"Unsung Hero in Japan", Forbes Global, June 24, p.24-26 (2002)
2010 Computer History Museum (CHM) (elected to the Hall of Fame)
2011 Consumer Electronics of America (CEA) (elected to the Hall of Fame)
Special Issue for Dr. Masuoka, IEEE Solid-state Circuits Vol.5, No.4 (2013)
"Transition of Semiconductor Memories and Their Future Prospects," Journal of the Institute of Electrical
Engineers of Japan, Vol. 136, Issue 1, p.34-37 (2016)

Major Awards Received (out of 16 awards)
1980: Invention Award, National Commendation for Invention, Japan Institute for Promoting Invention
and Innovation
1997: IEEE, The Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award
2000: The Main Prize of Ichimura Industrial Award, the New Technology Development Foundation
2002: International Conference on Solid State Devices and Materials, SSDM Award
2005: The Economist Innovation Awards
2007: Medal of Honor with the Purple Ribbon
2012: The Photographic Society of America (PSA), Progress Medal
2013: USA Flash Memory Summit, Lifetime Achievement Award
2013: Person of Cultural Merit
2017: Orders of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star

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