– Physics Nobel Prize 2014 for blue LEDs
This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three Japanese-born scientists for the invention of blue LEDs — a new energy-efficient and environmentally friendly light source.
Professor Akasaki (85 years old), is a professor at Meijo University and distinguished professor at Nagoya University. Professor Amano (54 years old) is teaching at Nagoya University. The 60-year-old Professor Nakamura is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Even though the invention is only 20 years old “it has already contributed to create white light in an entirely new manner to the benefit of us all” stated the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
The laureates triggered a transformation of lighting technology when they produced bright blue light from semiconductors in the 1990s, something scientist had struggled with for decades, the Nobel committee said.