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Shigenobu Nagamori

Shigenobu Nagamori

Nidec, the Kyoto-based company Nagamori, 70, started in 1973 is one of the world’s top electric motor drive makers. A former engineer, he succeeded in using novel “brushless” designs that changed how conventional computer motors were operated, reducing energy consumption by a third. The company now makes motors for computers installed in cars and invests heavily in robotics. Last year, he created the Nagamori Award for promising engineers working on motor-related technologies.