2014 Nobel Prize for Physics Awarded for Blue LED Invention

Nobel Prize For Physics 2014: Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano And Shuji Nakamura Honored For Blue LED Invention

Huffington Post, October 7, 2014

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded on Tuesday to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which have “enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.”

Akasaki, 85, of Japan, is a professor at Meijo University, Nagoya and a distinguished professor at Nagoya University. Since the 1960s, Akasaki has been researching ways to overcome the roadblocks facing high-performance blue LEDs and lasers. For his efforts, he has received the 2009 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology and the 2011 IEEE Edison Medal.

Amano, 54, of Japan, is also a professor at Nagoya University.

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