Three winners share a revolutionary Nobel Prize in Physics
One American teamed with two Japanese scientists to create white LED light and earned this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said, “They succeeded where everyone else had failed.” After three decades of trials by many, the physicists have revolutionized the way the world is lighted. Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara and Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan, found a way to produce white LED lamps, which emit a bright white light, are long-lasting and energy-efficient. In the spirit of Alfred Nobel, the prize rewards an invention of greatest benefit to mankind: the advent of LED lamps offer a revolutionary, long-lasting and more efficient alternative to older light sources. Due to low power requirements, it can be powered by cheap local solar power, which could also promise an increase in the quality of life for over 1.5 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity grids.