Shuji Nakamura receives the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering



A Richness of Consequences
Shuji Nakamura receives the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

View the complete news release at: https://www.news.ucsb.edu/2021/020166/richness-consequences

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — It’s the late 1980s and Shuji Nakamura is onto something. Working in a corporate lab, the Japanese engineer is convinced that if the conditions were just right in his metal organic chemical vapor deposition machine, he might be able to grow the high-quality gallium nitride (GaN) crystals that could make possible the highly sought blue LED. His days are a succession of trials and errors.

“When I was modifying reactors every morning and every afternoon continuously for a year and a half, I never thought it would be so successful,” said Nakamura, now a professor of materials and of electrical and computer engineering at UC Santa Barbara. 

‘Successful’ is something of an understatement. With his flawless GaN crystals, Nakamura not only developed the bright-blue LED, he helped pave the way for the white LED, a technology that has revolutionized our lighting and displays. Invention of the blue LED earned Nakamura and colleagues the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics, and the solid-state lighting technology continues to surprise us today with new applications and new possibilities.

CONTACT:
Sonia Fernandez
(805) 893-4765
sonia.fernandez [at] ucsb.edu
Shelly Leachman
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ADDITIONAL LINKS: 

Official QEPrize website: https://qeprize.org/winners/led-lighting

AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: https://qeprize.org/winners/led-lighting

Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Announcement 2021 - VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPEkXVptMbA

EUREKA: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/uoc--aro020221.php

BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55896164

HELLO MAGAZINE: https://www.hellomagazine.com/fashion/royal-style/20210202105973/princes...

PCBT: https://www.pacbiztimes.com/2021/02/03/ucsbs-nakamura-adds-queen-elizabe...

NOOZHAWK: https://www.noozhawk.com/article/ucsbs_shuji_nakamura_wins_2021_queen_el...

CREATE: https://www.createdigital.org.au/2021-queen-elizabeth-prize-engineering/

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