Kunihiko Kodaira was born on March 16, 1915, and died on July 26, 1997. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1938 with a degree in mathematics. Not content with one degree, he graduated from the physics department at the same University in 1941. He received many honors for his outstanding research. The most noteworthy was the award of the Fields medal in 1954 for his work in algebraic geometry and complex analysis. In 1985, he was awarded the Wolf Prize. In this paper, a short outline of Kodaira's major works and new details of his life are given.