Dr. Shuji Nakamura

Research Director, Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center
University of California, Santa Barbara
Professor Shuji Nakamura is the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which have enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources. Since 2000, he has been a professor of Materials and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Nakamura is co-founder and CTO of SoraaLaser, a leader in the commercialization of laser light sources for automotive and specialty lighting applications. Shuji Nakamura obtained B.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokushima, Japan in 1977, 1979, and 1994, respectively. Later, he joined Nichia Chemical Industries Ltd in 1979. In 1993 and 1995 he developed the first group-III nitride-based high-brightness blue/green LEDs. He also developed the first group-III nitride-based violet laser diodes (LDs) in 1995. See: http://ssleec.ucsb.edu/nakamura