Shunpei Yamazaki (Winner Outside of the Americas)
Shunpei Yamazaki is the founder and president of Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, Co., Ltd (SEL), Japan. He received his Ph.D., ME, BE of Engineering and honorary Doctor of Culture at Doshisha University, in 1971, 1967, and 2011 respectively. He is also General Managing Director of the Foundation for Promotion of Material Science (MST), president and founder of Kato & Yamazaki Educational Foundation (KYEF), and had been the president of Advanced Film Device, Inc. (AFD Inc.) until 2015.
He received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office for the innovation of MOS LSI element technology in 1997, ranked 58th in “the top 100 living geniuses” identified and ranked by Synectics in 2007, and the Invention Prize at the National Commendation for Invention in 2010. He also received SID Special Recognition Award for “discovering CAAC-IGZO semiconductors” and the title of “Friends of Doshisha” in 2015.
He has published or co-published over 400 papers or conference presentations, and is the inventor or co-inventor of over 10,000 patents as of the end of March 2016 (Researched by SEL). In 2011, he was recognized by Guinness World Records as the individual who holds most patents, 6,314 as of March 2011.
Related to The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), he received the Richard M. Fulrath Award for “the Study on Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Structures” in 1984, and is a member of the ACerS and Board of Trustees of the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF).
At present, he is committed to the R&D of an oxide semiconductor, indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO). IGZO FETs have extremely low off-state current, which enables formation of ultra-low-power devices. The IGZO technology potentially replaces the conventional silicon technology.