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Inventor of the blue LED Shuji Nakamura on how engineering innovations change the world

Shuji Nakamura, an electrical engineer at the University of California, Santa Barbara who won The Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014, gave a 2018 Engineering Directorate Distinguished Lecture at the National Science Foundation. Nakamura specializes in semiconductor technology, which led to his development of the efficient blue light-emitting diode (LED) in 1993, after years of fundamental engineering research.

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