Nobukazu Teranishi was born in Kobe, Japan in 1953. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from University of Tokyo, 1976 and 1978, respectively.
He developed image sensors and cameras at NEC Corporation from 1978 to 2000 and at Panasonic Corporation from 2000 to 2013. He is now professor of University of Hyogo and Shizuoka University, where he develops photon counting image sensor, imagers for various wavelength; visible, infrared, X-ray, and new functions for image sensors.
He invented pinned photodiode (PPD) for no image lag, low noise and low dark current at CCD image sensors in 1980. In the late 1990's, PPD was introduced into CMOS image sensors, which performance became competitive to CCD's. The high performance of PPD drove the pixel size shrinkage, and realized higher resolution. Now, almost all CCD image sensors and CMOS image sensors came to utilize the PPD.
He has authored and co-authored 80 papers and holds 46 Japanese patents and 21 US patents. His leadership at academic societies and industry and his PPD invention have been honored by government organizations as well as societies around the globe. He won the Prize of the President of KEIDANREN of National Invention Awards in 1994, Commendation by Minister of State for Science and Technology in 1997, Niwa-Takayanagi Award from the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers (ITE) in 2000 and 2013, Progress Medal and Hon. Fellowship from Royal Photographic Society in 2010, Progress Medal from Photographic Society of America in 2011, Yamazaki Teiichi Award, IEEE Electron Devices Society J. J. Ebers Award in 2013. His group won the Emmy Award in 1991 by the broadcast-use CCD camera development.
He is a fellow member of ITE, where he served as a chair of the paper editor committee and a chair of the Information Sensing Committee. He is also a fellow member of IEEE, where he served as a general chair for 1999 and 2005 IEEE Workshop on Charge-Coupled Devices & Advanced Image Sensors. He also served co-general chair of International Image Sensors Workshop (IISW) 2011. He is now President of International Image Sensors Society and a program committee member of IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging.