Momofuku (Priceless. It looks like 'Muthafucku' if you glance at it quickly. - - Fresh) Ando, the Japanese inventor of instant noodles - a dish that has sustained American college students for decades - has died. He was 96.
Nissin Food Products Co., the company Ando founded, said on its Web site that he died Friday after a heart attack.
Born in Taiwan, Ando founded his company in 1948 from a humble family operation. Faced with food shortages in post-World War II Japan, Ando thought a quality, convenient noodle product would help feed the masses.
In 1958, his Chicken Ramen, the first instant noodle, was introduced. After its success, the company added other products, such as the Cup Noodle in 1971. (source)