Shuntaro Hida was born on January 1, 1917, and died on March 20, 2017.
He was a Japanese physician.
Hida was an eyewitness to the dropping of the Little Boy Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima by the Enola Gay on 6 August 1945.
Hida treated survivors as a medical doctor and wrote about the effects of radiation on the human body.
The night before the bomb was dropped 28-year-old Dr. Hida left the Hiroshima Military Hospital where he was stationed as an army medical officer to attend to a sick child in the village of Hesaka.
He was therefore approximately 6 kilometers from ground zero when the bomb was dropped and he looked up and saw the Boeing B-29 Superfortress aircraft which he described as appearing like a “tiny silver drop”.
Then, Shuntaro Hida felt the heat and blast from the explosion and saw the mushroom cloud over the city.
As a medical doctor, Hida treated the wounded and saw the short- and long-term effects of radiation on the human body.
Shuntaro Hida passed away at 100 years old.