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Hiro Kawamoto received his BS in Electronics in 1961 from Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. He received his Masters in 1966 and Ph.D. in 1970, both in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1964 to 1966 he was a Fulbright Exchange Visitor from Japan to the United States. In 1970, he was an Acting Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences of the University of California, Berkeley. In 1970, he joined RCA Laboratories at Princeton, NJ, where he worked on microwave TRAPATT devices and the CED VideoDisc System. In 1980, he joined Sony Corporation of America as a General Manager of Marketing Development and Product Planning In November 1981, he was appointed General Manager of the Sony Consumer Electronics Laboratories, newly established in Paramus, New Jersey.
Dr. Kawamoto is a contributor to "Carbon-Polymer Composites", a book which will be published by Marcel Dekker in 1982. He holds 20 US and Japanese patents, including three patents that are implemented in the CED VideoDisc System. He is a member of Sigma Xi and Eta Kappa Nu. He is a member of the Administration Committee of the Consumer Electronics group of the IEEE and served as Vice Chairman for the Electro shows held in New York in 1979 and 1981. He is also Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Princeton Community Japanese Language School.
- RCA 1982 Company Biography
Dr. Kawamoto received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1970. For the next ten years he was a member of the technical staff at RCA's David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, where he received two Outstanding Achievement Awards. Between 1980 and 1985, he founded and ran Sony Corporation's Consumer Electronics Laboratory in Paramus, and the Princeton Community Japanese Language School. Between 1985 and 2001 he opened Sharp Corporation Laboratories in Europe and America. Dr. Kawamoto is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal. He lives in Japan where he owns a consulting firm, Josephus International. Dr. Kawamoto's lecture is based on his article, "The History of Liquid-Crystal Displays" in the April 2002 Proceedings of the IEEE.
- Biography from 2002 Lecture at Sarnoff Corp.
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