Famous Engineers from Japan

List of notable or famous engineers from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top engineers born in Japan and even some popular engineers who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese engineers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These engineers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known engineer from Japan is included when available.

A list made up of people like Soichi Noguchi and Takao Doi.

This historic engineers from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese engineers of note?" and "Who are the most famous engineers from Japan?" These prominent engineers of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese engineers.

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  • Akihiko Hoshide
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    Akihiko Hoshide (星出 彰彦, Hoshide Akihiko, born December 28, 1968) is a Japanese engineer and JAXA astronaut. On August 30, 2012, Hoshide became the third Japanese astronaut to walk in space.
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Setagaya, Japan
  • Akira Fujimoto

  • Hideo Itokawa (糸川 英夫, Itokawa Hideo, July 20, 1912 – February 21, 1999) was a pioneer of Japanese rocketry, popularly known as "Dr. Rocket," and described in the media as the father of Japan's space development.The near-Earth asteroid 25143 Itokawa, named in honor of Itokawa, is notable as the target of the Hayabusa mission.
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1912-1999)
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Hidetsugu Yagi

    Hidetsugu Yagi (八木 秀次, Yagi Hidetsugu, January 28, 1886 – January 19, 1976) was a Japanese electrical engineer from Osaka, Japan. When working at Tohoku University, he wrote several articles that introduced a new antenna designed by his colleague Shintaro Uda to the English-speaking world. The Yagi antenna, patented in 1926, allows directional communication using electromagnetic waves, and is now installed on millions of houses throughout the world for radio and television reception. He also tried, unsuccessfully, to introduce a wireless power transmission system. He participated in establishing the Chiba Institute of Technology.He was the fourth president of Osaka University from February ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 89 (1886-1976)
    • Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
  • Hiroshi Komiyama
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    Hiroshi Komiyama

    Hiroshi Komiyama (小宮山 宏, Komiyama Hiroshi, born December 15, 1944) is a Japanese scientist. He was the president of University of Tokyo from April 2005 to March 2009. His major research fields are Chemical engineering, Environmental engineering, functional material science and CVD reaction engineering. He is member of the World Knowledge Dialogue Scientific Board. When he was an undergraduate, he belonged to the American football club at University of Tokyo.
    • Age: 79
  • Jun-ichi Nishizawa

    Jun-ichi Nishizawa (西澤 潤一, Nishizawa Jun'ichi, September 12, 1926 – October 21, 2018) was a Japanese engineer and inventor. He is known for his electronic inventions since the 1950s, including the PIN diode, static induction transistor, static induction thyristor, semiconductor laser, SIT/SITh, and fiber-optic communication. His inventions contributed to the development of internet technology and the information age.He was a professor at Sophia University. He is considered the "Father of Japanese Microelectronics".
    • Age: 96
    • Birthplace: Sendai, Japan