Shuji Nakamura is a Japanese-born American electronic engineer and inventor specializing in the field of semiconductor technology. He is also a 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.
Along with his Japanese colleagues Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano, he is one of the three recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics in respect to the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.
In 2016, Nakamura’s new laser diode lab was established in Zhongguang Industrial Technology Lab in Shenzhen, being the first lab in the southern Chinese city named after a Nobel Prize winner.
The great achievements in LED has earned Nakamura numerous honorable titles including the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics from the Franklin Institute in 2002 and Finland's Millennium Technology Prize for his continuing efforts to make cheaper and more efficient light sources in 2006.
In Nakamura’s eyes, the use of laser in the display field is only a part of lighting. In the near future, LED technology will be replaced by laser due to it being subject to the physical limit of its luminous efficiency and laser may become a development trend of the future display industry and it may have an extremely broad application in helping humans improve their quality of life.
The Japanese Nobel Prize winner will attend the China Hi-Tech Fair held in Shenzhen and the high-tech forums from Nov 11 to 16. On Nov 16, he will deliver a speech on the future photoelectronic technologies at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center.