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Shuji Nakamura, the 2014 Nobel Prize Laureate, Appointed Honorary Professor

published: 2016-03-04 14:50:00       hits: 

On March 2nd, Professor Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics, was appointed Honorary Professor at UESTC. At the appointment ceremony presided over by Deputy Secretory of UESTC CPC committee Wang Yafei and participated by President Li Yanrong and Vice President Xiong Caidong, President Li issued Letter of Appointment and wore the UESTC badge for Professor Shuji Nakamura. Besides that, a panel discussion was held between President Li and Prof. Shuji Nakamura.


On behalf of the university, President Li delivered his welcome to Pro. Shuji Nakamura for his visit and appointment at UESTC. As the research area Pro. Shuji Nakamura specializes in, internationally recognized for his study in semiconductor light emitting, is highly relevant to what the university studies, the scholar delivering academic exchange will greatly encourage the teachers and the students here, said the President. In addition, President Li gave a brief picture of tangible results scored by UESTC since its founding in 1956 in talents development, scientific research and faculty team building among others. He also pointed out that down the road UESTC will renew its commitment in enhancing fundamental research. For instance, the university will strive to have a breakthrough in fundamental academic research. To achieve this goal, President Li expressed his hope for closer cooperation with Pro. Shuji Nakamura and his guidance in growing the university’s fundamental research and subjects.


Prof. Shuji Nakamura expressed his honor to become an Honorary Professor at UESTC. On top of that, he hoped to cooperate more with UESTC to develop the next generation of the blue LED, as UESTC, one of the leading players in the information and technology industry in China, fits neatly into his academic background and research area.


Members attending this event include “the thousand talents program” (the central government's initiative to attract experts from overseas) professors – Pro. Wang You, Pro. Song Haizhi and Pro. Wang Zhiming and “the thousand young talents program” Professor Deng Xu. Heads of the Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Science, Human Resource Department, Office of Teaching Affairs, Institute of Science and Technology Development, Postgraduate School and International Office also participated.


In the afternoon, Prof. Shuji Nakamura delivered a lecture at UESTC Forum – Anger Lights the Path to the Nobel Prize, encouraging students at UESTC to go the opposite direction from which many others head for. By doing so, a breakthrough can be made.


The word “anger” was mentioned many times in his speech. When he worked as a technician in a Japanese company, his breakthrough in research was degraded. As a result, the anger led him to develop the blue LED with gallium nitride which was seen as unviable. Later, he went to study technology in the United States. However, having published no paper, he again was given the cold shoulder. The anger arising from this became his motion of success in developing the blue LED, turning on a new era of lighting. Compared to other Nobel Laureates, Prof. Shuji Nakamura distinguished his path to the Nobel Prize by anger. When it comes to scientific research in Japan, he appeared to be angry due to his personal experience. Moreover, his winning in court against his former Japanese company on paying for his invention compensation makes a difference in protecting the rights of scientific researchers.



Prof. Shuji Nakamura shared his points of view in education and scientific research. With regard to education, he highly praised individuality-oriented education in the USA where presentation starts from kindergarten, while he disagreed Japan’s education for making students all the same. It is known that presentation is vital in all-around development. In terms of scientific research, he encouraged the students to spend more time thinking deeply instead of spending much time on papers and academic magazines. He believed that inspiration was found in practice, which leads to a unique path.


According to Prof. Shuji Nakamura, as China is now strong in innovation, students at UESTC enjoy this exciting opportunity. Diligence is more important than talent and you need to take risks and make innovations both in work and life, according to Shuji Nakamura.


The lecture was held by National University Students Cultural Quality Education Base, being undertaken by the Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Science, School of Communication and Information Engineering and School of Electronic Engineering. Before the lecture, Prof. Shuji Nakamura had visited the Electronics and Science Technology Museum of UESTC, a work in progress and exchanged views with relevant staff. The museum will contribute a lot to enabling young students to learn about the history of electronics and technology, he pointed out. It was his hope that UESTC builds the museum well, making it a strong platform to grow the young students.


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ShujiNakamura (born May 22, 1954) is a Japanese-born American electronic engineer and inventor specializing in the field of semiconductor technology and graduating from the University of Tokushima, professor of the Materials Department of the College of Engineering,University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). In 1993 when he worked in Nichia Corporation, he invented the blue LEDbased on GaN, a major breakthrough in lighting technology, thus gaining international recognition. At that time, blue LED was regarded as impossible, as over the course of the past 20 years there are only red and green LEDs. In October, 2014, Together with Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano, he is one of the three recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources".


Translator: Wen Huan