Successive Directors

 The 1st Director
 Kotaro HONDA
 1st  1919.5.22-1933.5.1
 4th  1944.3.31-1947.8.29

 

 In 1916, Kotaro Honda invented KS magnet steel, which had three to four times the coercivity of the strongest magnet at the time. This "KS" is an acronym for Kichizaemon Sumitomo, who donated research funds to the 2nd Division of the Provisional Institute of Physical and Chemical Research. The throne position was lost to MK magnet steel developed by Professor Tokushichi Mishima in 1931. However in 1933, Honda invented New KS magnet steel which had even higher coercive force. The development of KS magnet steel and New KS magnet steel is the pioneering invention of material science in Japan, and is said to be Japan's 10 greatest inventions. 

2nd
Torajiro ISHIHARA
2nd 1934.9.5-1936.9.4
5th 1947.8.30-1950.3.30

3rd
Takejiro MURAKAMI
1936.9.5-1944.3.30

6th
Hakaru MASUMOTO
1950.3.31-1958.3.30

7th
Ichiji OBINATA
1958.3.31-1962.9.30

8th
Tokutaro HIRONE
1962.10.1-1967.9.30

9th
Eizo KANDA
1967.10.1-1970.9.30

10th
竹内 榮
Sakae TAKEUCHI
1970.10.1-1974.4.1

11th
Hiroshi WATANABE
1974.4.2-1979.4.1

12th
Eihachiro TANAKA
1979.4.2-1984.4.1

13th
Susumu SUZUKI
1984.4.2-1987.3.31

14th
Makoto HIRABAYASHI
1987.4.1-1989.3.31

15th
Tsuyoshi MASUMOTO
1989.4.1-1994.3.31

16th
Kenji SUZUKI
1994.4.1-1998.3.31

17th
Hiroyasu FUJIMORI
1998.4.1-2000.3.31

18th
Akihisa INOUE
2000.4.1-2006.11.5

19th
Kazuo NAKAJIMA
2006.11.6-2009.11.5

20th
Mitsuo NIINOMI
2009.11.6-2014.3.31

21st
Koki TAKANASHI
2014.4.1-2020.3.31

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