CD pioneer Norio Ohga dies aged 81

Former Sony president also served as chairman of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

Norio Ohga, the man credited with developing the compact disc, has died at the age of 81.

The former president and chairman of Sony passed away in Toyko after suffering multiple organ failure, reports BBC News.

Ohga led the technology giant from 1982 to 1995 and retained a senior advisory role with the company up to the time of his death.

A trained opera singer, he also served as chairman of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Current Sony chairman Howard Stringer paid tribute to Ohga, stating he helped to redefine the company’s output by developing the 12cm CD still used today.

“It is no exaggeration to attribute Sony‘s evolution beyond audio and video products into music, movies and game, and subsequent transformation into a global entertainment leader to Ohga-san‘s foresight and vision,” he said, using the Japanese honorific.