Prof. Dr. Shuji Nakamura

Prof. Dr. Shuji Nakamura

Prof. Dr. Shuji Nakamura, Nobel Nominee
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA


Nakamura graduated from the University of Tokushima in 1977 with a degree in electronic engineering, and obtained a master’s degree in the same subject two years later, after which he joined the Nichia Corporation, also based in Tokushima. He was awarded a Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Tokushima in 1994. He left Nichia Corporation in 1999 and took a position as a professor of engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


  • Harvey Prize by Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, 2009
  • Japanese Science of Applied Physics (JSAP) Outstanding Paper Award for the “Demonstration of Nonpolar m-Plane InGaN/GaN Laser Diode”, 2008
  • The Prince of Asturias Award for Technical Scientific Research, 2008
  • Czochralski Award, 2007
  • Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce Innovator of the Year Award, 2007
  • Finland’s Millennium Technology Prize, 2006
  • Global Innovation Leader Award, Optical Media Global Industry Awards, 2006
  • Millennium Technology Prize, Finland, 2006
  • The Society for Information Display Karl Ferdinand Braun Prize, 2004
  • Blue Spectrum Pioneer Awards, 2003
  • CompoundSemi Pioneer Award, 2003
  • National Academy of Engineering Member, 2003
  • IEEE/LEOS Quantum Electronics Award, 2002
  • Recipient of the Franklin Institute‚Äôs 2002 Benjamin Franklin Medall in Engineering, 2002
  • Takeda Award, 2002
  • The Economist Innovation Award 2002 “No Boundaries”, 2002
  • World Technology Award, 2002
  • Asahi Award, 2001
  • Cree Professor in Solid State Lighting and Display Endowed Chair, 2001
  • LEOS Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2001
  • OSA Nick Holonyak Award, 2001
  • Carl Zeiss Research Award, 2000
  • Crystal Growth and Crystal Technology Award, 2000
  • Takayanagi Award, 2000