Professor of Materials and of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2014 Nobel Prize in Physics
"For the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources"
- Royal Swedish Academy Press Release
- UCSB News About the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics
- Professor Nakamura's Web Page
Professor Nakamura joined the UCSB faculty in 2000 and was appointed to the Cree Chair in the Solid State Lighting and Display Center in 2001. Known for his technological achievements with semiconducting gallium nitrides, he is widely recognized as the world pioneer in light emitters based on the wide-bandgap semiconductor gallium nitride (GaN) and its alloys with aluminum and indium. Before coming to UCSB, Nakamura had worked in research for Japan's Nichia Chemical Industries Ltd, and spent a year at the University of Florida as a visiting research associate. Nakamura earned his undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees at Japan’s University of Tokushima. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Millennium Technology Prize (2006). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.