The First Non-American to Receive the Prize and Be Inducted into the Hall of Fame HORIBA's Founder, Masao Horiba Receives Analytical Chemistry Prize

March 14, 2006


Masao Horiba, the founder and the present Supreme Counsel of HORIBA, Ltd., was recently awarded the Pittcon Heritage Award, the most prestigious award in his company's field of endeavor, analytical chemistry. At the same time, his accomplishments as a leader in the field of analytical chemistry were acknowledged when he became the twenty-seventh person and first non-American to be inducted into the Pittcon Hall of Fame.

The Pittcon Heritage Award is a prize given by the Pittsburgh Conference (Pittcon) and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) to individuals who have made major accomplishments as managers and who have succeeded in increasing the role of analytical chemistry in the global economy by such means as establishing analytical technology that has a groundbreaking influence. The reason given for Masao Horiba's being awarded the prize was his "resolute and innovative spirit and his enthusiasm for entrepreneurship." In addition, he was praised for his "creation of a measuring instrumentation business on a global scale with products that support research and results in countries throughout the world, as well as playing a major role in the expansion of venture capital and business philosophy."

Given the nature of the award, it was appropriate that the ceremony was held at the Pittsburgh Conference and Exhibition (commonly known as Pittcon 2006), the world's largest conference devoted to physical and chemical analysis and one that draws people in that field from around the globe. This year's ceremony was held at the meeting venue in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., on March 12, the first day of the conference, at 4:30 PM local time.

After opening remarks from Pittcon representative Kevin McKaveney, Arnold Thackeray, representing the CHA, praised Horiba saying, "Concerted efforts to improve humanity's quality of life began 500 years ago with Galileo Galilei and have continued down to today's scientists. Dr. Horiba stands in the midst of a long line of innovations, and he is worthy to have his accomplishments honored in the Pittcon Hall of Fame." Both McKaveney and Thackeray took part in handing the Pittcon Heritage Award plaque to Horiba.

Having explained in his acceptance speech how he had founded a laboratory at the end of World War II and after many vicissitudes, developed Japan's first glass electrode-type pH meter and starting an instrumentation manufacturing company, Horiba went on to say, "It is one of life's ironies that I, too, created the 'Masao Horiba Awards' two years ago, in order to highlight the work of researchers in the field of instrumentation, and to encourage and support them in their field, which has little prestige but is essential to scientific progress. In order to further the intent of this award and induction into the Hall of Fame, I plan to continue funding the Masao Horiba Awards."

In conjunction with the award ceremony, Horiba was also named the twenty-seventh inductee into the Pittcon Hall of Fame, a means to honor those who have made major contributions to the field and to make their names known to later generations. The other honorees are distinguished corporate managers who gave the world some of the finest products in the industry, including Arnold Beckman, who gave his name to a pioneering pH meter, David Packard and William Hewlett, who founded Hewlett-Packard Development Company, and Charles Elmer and Richard S. Perkin, who founded PerkinElmer, Inc. Horiba is also the first non-American to be included in this distinguished group.