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Fanuc founder Inaba, king of industrial robots, dead at 95

His charismatic management propelled the robot maker to the global stage

Japanese robot maker Fanuc's founder and honorary chairman Seiuemon Inaba died on Oct. 2.

TOKYO -- Seiuemon Inaba, the charismatic founder of Fanuc, who turned a fledgling startup into a global manufacturer of industrial robots, died on Friday from natural causes. He was 95.

Inaba graduated from the University of Tokyo with an engineering degree and joined Fuji Tsushinki Manufacturing (currently Fujitsu) in 1946. As an engineer, he led the development of the first numerical control device, used in machine tools, by a Japanese company.

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