Hamamatsu Photonics K. K. CEO Teruo Hiruma is the 2006 recipient of the SPIE Visionary Award. Hiruma is honored for his visionary guidance of Hamamatsu Photonics K. K. to international recognition as a leading supplier of high-quality products, his work that has expanded the frontiers of photonics technology, and his advocacy for photonics research for the betterment of the human condition.
Teruo Hiruma (left) receives the SPIE Visionary Award from SPIE President Paul McManamon.
SPIE President Paul F. McManamon and Executive Director Eugene G. Arthurs recently returned from a trip to Japan, where they presented Hiruma with the award.
Arthurs says that for many years Hiruma has promoted photonics for addressing problems facing all of humanity, such as energy, environment, healthcare, and communications. "He has gone way beyond the immediate interests of his company which, consistent with his vision, is strong in these technical areas," says Arthurs.
After graduating from Hamamatsu Technical College in 1947, Hiruma helped establish Hamamatsu Photonics K. K. where he has held a number of key positions. He was awarded a commendation by the Japanese Minister of the Science and Technology Agency for the development of a special image pick-up system for ultrafast (picosecond) phenomena in 1983.
Hiruma is just the second recipient of the SPIE Visionary Award. The first recipient was Nobel laureate Richard Smalley.