Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano from Japan, and Shuji Nakamura from the US got this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs). The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences made the announcement on Oct 7, 2014 (Tuesday).
The prestigious prize will be awarded to the scientists for making fundamental transformation of lighting technology by inventing a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source – the blue light-emitting diode (LED).
Akasaki worked together with Amano at the University of Nagoya, while Nakamura was employed at Nichia Chemicals, a small company in Tokushima, a press release from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.
The invention of the blue LED is just 20 years old, but it has already contributed to create white light in an entirely new manner to the benefit of us all.