In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, today we are highlighting the important and impactful work of Japanese- American physicist Shuji Nakamura who invented efficient blue light-emitting diodes.
Shuji Nakamura was born in Ikata, Japan. After studying electrical engineering at the University of Tokushima, he worked at the chemical and electronics company Nichia in Tokushima. This is where he conducted his Nobel Prize-awarded work. He received his doctorate in 1994 from the University of Tokushima and left Nichia in 1999 to become a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara in the United States.
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