, otherwise spelled Norio Oga
, (January 29, 1930 – April 23, 2011) was the former president and chairman of Sony Corporation
, credited with spurring the development of the compact disc
as a commercially viable audio format.
Ohga was born in Numazu, Shizuoka
. When he was a child, he suffered tuberculosis that kept him in bed for a long time during which an acquaintance taught him physics and music. As a young man, Ohga aspired to be a professional opera singer, and went on to read at the prestigious Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
, graduating in 1953. It was a highly critical letter written to the Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo KK (also known as Totsuko and later as Sony), complaining about their tape recorder’s many failings that got him noticed by Masaru Ibuka
, Akio Morita
and other Totsuko executives. Because of his insight in music and technology, the company hired him as a part-time consultant. He went on to study music in Munich
, where he formed a friendship with the conductor Herbert von Karajan
. The young man's knowledge of sound and electrical engineering continued to be an asset to the company, and rising to become the president of CBS/Sony Records Inc. (currently Sony Music Entertainment......