Three physicists have taken the Nobel Prize for their work in revolutionizing the way we see light. The three recipients were Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano, from Japan and Shuji Nakamura of the United States.
Their work specifically in “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes,” which created the possibility of “energy-saving white light sources.” Interestingly enough, the work wasn’t done by the three as a group for the entire duration of the project. In fact, they oftentimes worked in separation, as well in coordination, which involved working away from one-another in several situations.
Throughout the years there have been many inventions when it comes to LED lighting. Other colors, for example, like red and green were both made possible, and ultimately discovered in the 90’s. However, the incredible part about the discovery is what happened after the blue LED was physically made possible.
The LED light will have the same impact as the incandescent bulb did during the last century. Creating the new light, and the new energy efficient lighting is something that scientists were after for decades before finally finding it.
The three men will get to split a prize of $1.1 million, and will be awarded as well as formally recognized on December 10th. All of the men had decades of experience under their belts, as well. Aged 54, 60 and 85 respectively, the announcement made by the Swedish academy to award them with the Nobel Prize is something that is fundamentally deserved.
The impact that this will have on the future though is the most profound note from the entire study, and discovery. Diode lamps that will run on solar power can replace harmful and polluting kerosene lamps that are outdated. In the United States, LED bulbs can be put to widespread use as they last 10 times as long as a traditional bulb and are 20 times brighter than traditional bulbs.
LED lights require little energy and little amounts of power thus their ability to function with solar power. Additionally, this will give access to light and improve the quality of life for those who don’t have direct lines to a power grid, like we do in the United States, or other developed countries, and that’s something that is worth celebrating on this grand scale.