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Hideki Kambara Collection

Identifier: HK

Scope and Content

The Dr. Hideki Kamabara Collection contains reprints, patent applications, and presentations.

The collection has been arranged in two series:

  1. Major Articles and Presentations, 1987-1999
  2. Major Patents on Technology Flow, 1984-1995


  • Creation: 1984-1999


Language of Materials

Bulk English; some materials in Japanese.

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions apply to this collection. Access is given only by appointment, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Use Restriction

Archival materials must remain in the archival reading area. Item duplication is to be done by archivists. Fees are applied to copies made. Digital photography is permitted by users.


Hideki Kambara, Ph.D., was appointed as a Fellow of Hitachi in 2003, and to his current position as Emeritus Fellow on his retirement in April 2015.

Kambara joined Hitachi’s Central Research Laboratory as a researcher in April 1972 after completing his Ph.D. in Chemistry in the Faculty of Science at the University of Tokyo. At the Central Research Laboratory, Kambara contributed to the development of new ionization technologies for biomaterials through research and development of the atmospheric pressure ionization mass spectrometer (APIMS), field ionization, matrix SIMS, LC/MC (liquid chromatograph/mass spectrometer) integrated equipment. In particular, the matrix SIMS pioneered matrix-assisted ionization which was used in the later MALDI-TOF (matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight) MS. From 1982, he led the world in research on a fluorescent DNA sequencer, developing the first commercial fluorescent DNA sequencer in Japan. He then went on to develop a high-throughput capillary gel array DNA sequencer which enabled the early completion of the Human Genome Project. The importance of his work was covered as “Unsung Hero” in the special issue of Science on Genome, as well as in “Stars of Asia” in Business Week magazine. These systems have been used worldwide for over 20 years as basic equipment in life as well as medical science and biotechnology fields.

Kambara then went on to develop various technologies for analyzing gene expression profiles, genetic mutations including SNPS and a probe array technology using beads. Since 2006, he has been pioneering research in single cell analysis as a representative of a MEXT* “Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas” project of the Ministry of Science, Japan, and has continued to host many international conferences in this area.

Although Kambara assumed the position of Emeritus Fellow on his retirement from Hitachi in 2015, he continues to be an active in leader in technology development. Believing that location specific analysis of biological tissue is important to understand tissue function, he pioneered the development and practical use of a micro-dissection device to collect minute sections of biomaterial, and is using these new tools to realize his new goal of a bio-information system similar to a biological version of Google Earth.

To date he has published many papers and patents including 127 original papers, 54 reports including commentaries, and more than 300 patent applications of which over 100 have been granted.

He has hosted the International Forum on Post Genome Technology since 2002, the International Workshop on Approaches to Single Cell Analysis since 2006, and the Africa International Biotechnology and Biomedical Conference (AIBBC) since 2014.


2 Folders (Two files in one box (Human Genome Project - International, Japan). Stored in same box as Akiyoshi Wada Collection and Yuzura Huisimi Collection.)


The Dr. Hideki Kamabara Collection contains reprints, patent applications, and presentations.

Arrangement Note

Original order was maintained.


Materials given to Mila Pollock, Executive Director of Library and Archives at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, by Yoshiyuki Sakaki, Toyohashi University of Technology, on October 27, 2010. Accession number 2010-076. Processed in August 2012 by Archivist Clare Clark.

Related Collections

Related collections in the CSHL Library and Archives are the James D. Watson Collection and the Sydney Brenner Collection.

Hideki Kambara Collection
Finding Aid Prepared by Clare Clark. Finding Aid Updated by Em Longan, May 2022.
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

Library & Archives
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 USA