In Memory of Dr. Dennard, who Has Contributed to the Tremendous Progress in Information and Communications Equipments

The 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Advanced Technology, Dr. Robert Heath Dennard, passed away on April 23, 2024 at the age of 91.

He received the Kyoto Prize for inventing the basic structure of “Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM)” and for proposing guidelines, called “scaling theory”, to miniaturize field-effect transistors, which play key roles in most integrated circuits, including DRAM.

His achievements have immensely increased the capacity of digital information storage, leading to dramatic progress in information and telecommunications technology.

Today, the DRAMs he invented are used in the main memory of electronic devices such as personal computers and smartphones, and are an indispensable part of our information society.

We sincerely pray for the peaceful repose of his soul.


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