UC Santa Barbara Professor wins Nobel Prize in physics

Oct 7, 2014 11:43 AM by News Staff

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Japanese-born American Shuji Nakamura from the University of California at Santa Barbara is sharing the Nobel Prize in physics with two Japanese scientists for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, or LEDs.

The breakthrough has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones worldwide.

Nakamura said this morning he was satisfied that LED lighting is becoming a reality.

The 60-year-old Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano revolutionized lighting technology two decades ago when they came up with a long-elusive component of the white LED lights. In countless applications today the lights have replaced less efficient incandescent and fluorescent lights.


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