Shuji Nakamura

Shuji Nakamura

Nobel Laureate in Physics
NAE, Millenium Technology Prize
CREE Distinguished Professor
Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials


(805) 893.5552
3524 Engineering II

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Awards of Distinction: 

Nobel Prize in Physics (2014), Millennium Technology Prize, Global Energy Prize, Eagle on the World, Asia Game Changer, Physical Society of Japan Honorary Member, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Queen Elizabeth Prize of Engineering

Member of : 

National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, Royal Academy of Engineering


National Inventors Hall of Fame; Technology and Engineering Emmy Award, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Order of Culture Award, Japan; Czochralski Award; Prince of Asturias Award for Technical Scientific Research; Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering; Physical Society of Japan Honorary Member; Nishina Memorial Award; Materials Research Society Medal; IEEE Jack A. Morton Award; British Rank Prize; The Harvey Award; Photonics Pioneer Award, Duke University; Honorary Degree, Queen's University, Northern Ireland; Honorary PhD in Energy and Sustainable Development, University of Perugia, Italy; Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering; Industrial Application of Science Award, National Academy of Sciences; Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy; Hall of Fame Inductee, Consumer Technology Association; Richard J. Goldstein Energy Lecture Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers


Electronic and Photonic Materials

Widely recognized as pioneer in light emitters based on wide-bandgap semiconductors, Nakamura continues to focus on development of GaN thin film technology. Additional activities are directed towards growth of bulk GaN crystals with low defect density, for use as substrates in GaN-based devices such as LEDs, high brightness lasers and high-frequency, high-power transistors.


PhD Engineering, University of Tokushima
MS Electronic Engineering, University of Tokushima
BS Electronic Engineering, University of Tokushima