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The IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal was established in 2002 in honor of Jun-ichi Nishizawa's lifetime of outstanding achievements ranging from fundamental semiconductor materials and devices through optical communication and power systems. He has received 28 national or international awards. He is considered the "Father of Japanese Microelectronics," and IEEE Spectrum recognized him as one of the geniuses of the 20th Century.

Presented to: An individual, multiple recipients, or a team of up to three in number

Scope: For outstanding contributions to material and device science and technology, including practical application

Prize: The award consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate, and honorarium.

Basis for Judging: In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: quality of the technical achievement, enhancement of technology, impact on the relevant technical community, impact on the profession and benefit to the society, publications and patents, and the quality of the nomination.

Nomination deadline: 15 June

Notification: Recipients are typically approved during the November IEEE Board of Directors meeting. Recipients and their nominators will be notified following the meeting. Subsequently, the nominators of unsuccessful candidates will be notified of the status of their nomination.

Presentation: At the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony

Sponsors: The Federation of Electric Power Companies, Japan

The Federation of Electric Power Companies, Japan


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Medal nomination forms


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Medal recipients


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Medal committee members

  • Roger Howe, Chair
  • Mark Bohr, Past Chair
  • James Coleman
  • Carlos H. Diaz
  • Yogesh Gianchandani
  • Tsu-Jae King Liu
  • Kei Mau Lau
  • Veena Misra
  • Denny Tang


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Awards Nomination Deadlines

2016 IEEE Honors Ceremony

2016 Medal of Honor recipient David Forney in video screenshot