Isamu Akasaki

Isamu AkasakiIsamu Akasaki was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.”

Akasaki is also known for this work in semiconductor technology and has been awarded the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology and the IEEE Edison Medal.

(MORE: Read ECS’s interview with Akasaki, “A Good Principle Is Applicable to Everything.”)