2014 Nobel Prize in Physics Laureates, Professor of Materials and Electrical &Computer Engineering at UCSB
Shuji Nakamura (born May 22, 1954 in Iraqi town, Japan) obtained B.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokushima in 1977,1979 and 1994. He is Japanese-born American Electrical Engineer and Professor of Materials and Electrical &Computer Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara; He is also an Honorary Director of Shenzhen Laser Institute and director of Shuji Nakamura Laser Lighting Laboratory. Shuji Nakamura joined Nichia Chemical Industries Ltd in 1979; it was while working for Nichia Corporation that Nakamura invented the first high brightness gallium nitride (GaN) LED whose brilliant blue light in 1993. He also developed the first group-III nitride-based violet laser diodes (LDs) in 1995.
Shuji Nakamura is one of the three recipients of 2014 Nobel Prize in physics for the “invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources” with Isamu Akasaki and Hitoshi Amano. Shuji Nakamura is the inventor of the blue LED, respected by industry as the “father of blue light”.
Shuji Nakamura received a series of honors, including UK’s top science award (1998), Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics from the Franklin Institute (2002), Academician of National Academy of Engineering (2003), Finland’s Millennium Technology Prize (2006) and so on. He has more than 100 patents and has published more than 200 papers in related fields.
On December 13, 2016, Laser Institute-Shuji Nakamura Laser Lighting Laboratory opened in Nanshan, Shenzhen.