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Professor Shuji Nakamura inducted as a fellow of U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering


September 30, 2019

A Royal Fellowship
Professor Shuji Nakamura among the newest fellows of U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering

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(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — UC Santa Barbara professor and Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura is adding yet another accolade to his long list of honors: election to the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is one of only four International Fellows selected by the United Kingdom’s national academy of engineering for 2019, and joins 50 new members selected from within the U.K.

“I’m pleased and proud to be elected an International Fellow of such a prestigious organization as the Royal Academy of Engineering,” said Nakamura, a professor in the departments of materials and of electrical and computer engineering at UC Santa Barbara, and the research director for the campus’s Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center. “This honor continues to highlight the critical importance of advancing energy efficiency through breakthrough technologies such as solid state lighting.”

A winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics, Nakamura is known for his work in the invention of the bright-blue LED. The innovation was key to the creation of the white LED, which, thanks to its low power consumption, versatility and durability, has revolutionized lighting and energy efficiency around the globe. He continues to improve on gallium nitride (GaN) technology — on which his blue LED is based — by focusing his research on the growth of bulk GaN crystals and also on GaN thin films.

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