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Thursday, 21st February 2013
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Japanese researcher recognised for work developing cellular networks

Commonly referred to as the Nobel Prize for Engineering, the National Academy of Engineering's Charles Stark Draper Prize is undoubtedly an impressive title to behold.

So it was surely a proud day on Tuesday February 19th when Japanese researcher Yoshihisa Okumura received the prize, along with four others, for their contribution to the earliest mobile telephone networks.

Mr Okumura is indeed in esteemed company as the award was previously given to Sir Frank Whittle and Hans von Ohain in 1991 for their work developing the turbojet engine.

In 2001, Vinton Cerf, Robert Kahn, Leonard Kleinrock, and Lawrence Roberts were given the prize for their work developing the internet.

Mr Okumura was born in the Isikawa Prefecture in 1926 and began his studies at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology back in 1944 where he specialised in electrical engineering.

In 1950, he got his first job at the Electrical Communication Laboratory which led him eventually to his work on telephone networks.

Written by Graham McPherson