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Shuji Nakamura in 2015
|Born||22 May 1954
Ikata, Ehime, Japan
|Citizenship||Japan (until 2005)
United States (since 2005)
|Alma mater||University of Tokushima|
|Known for||Blue and white LEDs|
|Awards||Millennium Technology Prize (2006)
Harvey Prize (2009)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2014)
Global Energy Prize (2015)
National Inventors Hall of Fame (2015)
Mountbatten Medal (2017)
Zayed Future Energy Prize (2018)
|Institutions||University of California, Santa Barbara|
Shuji Nakamura (中村 修二 Nakamura Shūji, born May 22, 1954) FREng 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 (UCSB), 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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