2 Japanese, American awarded Nobel Prize for inventing blue LED

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 8 (PNA/Kyodo) — Two Japanese physicists — Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano — and Japanese-born American Shuji Nakamura were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 on Tuesday “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.

Akasaki, professor at Meijo University in Nagoya, Amano, professor at Nagoya University, and Nakamura, professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, were recognized for the invention which “has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources,” it said.

“With the advent of LED lamps we now have more long-lasting and more efficient alternatives to older light sources,” the academy said in a statement.(PNA/Kyodo)