Shuji Nakamura
#9731 Overall Influence

Shuji Nakamura

Inventor of the blue LED, 2014 Nobel laureate in Physics

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Shuji Nakamura currently holds the title of Professor at the Materials Department of the College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara. Nakamura completed his bachelor’s in electronic engineering at University of Tokushima in 1977, and his master’s in 1979, after which Nakamura went immediately into engineering in private industry.

Nakamura is best known as the inventor of blue and white light-emitting diodes (LEDs). More than just bright, these LEDs are highly-efficient light sources, and the commercialization of this invention is allowing for consumers and corporations the world over to reduce their energy consumption. The road to this invention, however, was not easy. Much of Nakamura’s career through the 1980s was spent refining LEDs to make a blue LED that was both functional and marketable; it was not completed until 1993.

For his work, Nakamura has received numerous awards and honors, including a Nobel Prize in Physics for his role in inventing blue-light LEDs, a Global Energy Prize, a Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics, a Harvey Prize, and a Mountbatten Medal.

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is a Japanese-born American electronic engineer and prolific inventor specializing in the field of semiconductor technology, professor at the Materials Department of the College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara , and is regarded as the inventor of the blue LED, a major breakthrough in lighting technology. Together with Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano, he is one of the three recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources". In 2015, his input into commercialization and development of energy-efficient white LED lighting technology was recognized by the Global Energy Prize.

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University of Tokushima

Higher education institution in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan

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Ehime University
Ehime University

Higher education institution in Ehime Prefecture, Japan

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Nagoya University
Nagoya University

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University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Barbara

Public university near Goleta, California, United States and part of the University of California system

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#618 World Rank
Engineering
#887 World Rank
Physics