Momofuku Ando, who was the mastermind behind both Ramen and Cup Noodle, died yesterday of a heart attack at the age of 96.
Ando started the Chukososha Co. in 1948, changing the company’s name to Nissin Food Products before launching the Ramen line a decade later. Cup Noodle followed several years afterwards, and together the two lines reportedly sell 85.7 billion servings a year. (Note: that is a whole lot o’ dried, processed noodles.)
Ando may be gone, but his memory will live on in college dorms across the world in general, and in Weshop and lazy Wesleyan students’ stomachs in particular. Mourners intent on showing their adoration through pilgrimage can also visit The Momofuku Ando Instant Romen Museum in Osaka, Japan, which opened in 1999.