NEC Corporation : NEC C&C Foundation Awards 2011 C&C Prize to Dr. Akira Yoshino, Prof. Norman Abramson and Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe
10/26/2011| 01:40am US/Eastern
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*** For immediate use October 26, 2011
Tokyo, October 26, 2011 - The NEC C&C Foundation today
announced that the 2011 C&C Prize will be awarded to two
groups. Dr. Akira Yoshino will represent Group A and Prof.
Norman Abramson and Dr. Robert Metcalfe will represent
Group B. Each recipient will be recognized with a
certificate of merit and a plaque. Each group will also
receive a cash award of ten million yen.
The C&C Prize was established in 1985 and is awarded to
distinguished persons in recognition of outstanding
contributions to R&D activities and pioneering work related
to the integration of computers and communications
technologies and the social impact of developments in these
fields. This year's two recipient groups are outlined
The prize ceremony and acceptance speeches will be held on
Monday, November 28 from 15:30 at the ANA InterContinental
1. 2011 C&C Prize Recipients
Dr. Akira Yoshino Fellow,
Asahi Kasei Corporation
For pioneering contributions to the development and
commercialization of the Lithium-ion battery
Dr. Akira Yoshino has driven the development of
re-chargeable (secondary) Lithium-ion batteries (LIB) since
the field's beginning in the 1980s and he has played a
central role in their commercialization. Specifically, Dr.
Yoshino's research demonstrated high-capacity
rechargeable LIB that are stable and capable of supporting
repeated charging and discharging. This was accomplished
with electrodes, one of the main components of batteries,
that Dr. Yoshino developed using LiCoO2 as the positive
electrode and carbonaceous material as the negative
electrode, mainstream ingredients of today's batteries.
The C&C Prize was awarded to Dr. Yoshino in recognition of
the leading role that LIB are expected to take in the
progress of modern developments.
Abramson Professor Emeritus,
University of Hawaii
Dr. Robert M.
Metcalfe Professor of
Innovation, the University of Texas at Austin
For outstanding leadership in the invention,
standardization and commercialization of Internet packet
access, beginning with ALOHANET and then Ethernet
Prof. Norman Abramson and Dr. Robert Metcalfe made decisive
contributions to the development of ALOHANET, Ethernet, and
related basic LAN technologies. Today, Ethernet is the most
widely used LAN standard and has had immense impact on
information technology since its initial appearance in the
1980s. The C&C Prize was awarded to Prof. Abramson and Dr.
Metcalfe in recognition of the exceptional contributions
their work makes to the development of today's
See the attachments for profiles of the recipients:
Attachment 1: Profile of the Group A Recipient of the 2011
Attachment 2: Profile of the Group B Recipient of the 2011
About the NEC C&C Foundation
The NEC C&C Foundation is a non-profit organization
established in March 1985 to foster further growth in the
electronics industry by encouraging and supporting research
and development activities and pioneering work related to the
integration of computers and communications technologies,
that is, C&C, and ultimately to contribute to the world
economy and the enrichment of human life. The Foundation is
funded by NEC Corporation.
The Foundation currently has two main activities. It presents
the annual C&C Prizes to recognize outstanding contributions
to R&D activities and pioneering work in the area of C&C.
Candidates are recommended from all over the world. Each
prize winner receives a certificate, a plaque, and a cash
award (ten million yen per group). As of 2011, 88 prominent
persons had received the prize. In addition, an Outstanding
Paper Award for Young C&C Researchers is awarded annually to
one outstanding paper presented at an international
conference overseas with the support of a grant from the
Foundation. The recipient is given a cash award of 200,000
The Foundation also gives the following three grants: (1)
grant to enable researchers in Japan to attend international
conferences overseas to make presentations in the field of
C&C, (2) grant to non-Japanese researchers in Japan, and (3)
grant to students proceeding to doctoral courses.
In accordance with the recent implementation of the new act,
being authorized by the Japanese Government, the Foundation
changed its legal status into a public interest incorporated
foundation as of December 1, 2010.
For additional information, please visit the NEC C&C
Foundation website at: http://www.candc.or.jp/
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