Artifact Details

Title

Kawana, Yoshiyuki oral history

Catalog Number

102740044

Type

Text

Date

2014-12-16

Contributor

Dennis, Eric, Videographer
Kawana, Yoshiyuki, Interviewee
Myers, Stanley T., Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Tokyo, Japan

Extent

23 p.

Format

PDF

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

[This oral history is one of seven recorded in December 2014 with former leaders in the Japanese semiconductor industry. ]

Kawana-san joined Sony’s semiconductor business in 1957 after earning a masters degree in metallurgical engineering. Initially, he was involved in the development of early semiconductor processes and devices, including some of the first silicon transistors in Japan. He later served as the project manager for CCD development.

He served in various management positions, both in business and research and development, at Sony including Assistant General Manager at Sony’s Semiconductor Division, and Deputy General Manger at Sony’s Semiconductor Division, and Deputy Director of Sony Research. After 35 years, he left Sony in 1992 and joined MRC, Materials Research Corporation. When Sony closed down that company, he joined Nihon Veeco, which he led until his retirement in 2000.

Category

Transcription

Subject

semiconductor history; Japanese semiconductor; Sony; Transistorized television; silicon power transistors; Materials Research Corporation; MRC; Veeco; Weinig, Sheldon

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Series Title

Japanese semiconductor pioneers

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7374.2015