Soraa Founder Shuji Nakamura Receives Top Lighting Industry Honors

Fremont, Calif. – Soraa announced that one of its founders, Dr. Shuji Nakamura, was recently honored by Lux Review Magazine as their “Person of the Year” and was inducted into Electronic Design’s Hall of Fame for his outstanding work in the lighting industry.


The Lux Awards, jointly organized by Lux Magazine and the Lighting Industry Association, are designed to reward both creativity and sustainability. In conferring the award, Lux Magazine referred to Dr. Nakamura as “the man who single-handedly created the current LED revolution”, and whose work is “benefitting all humanity”.


At the end of each year, the editors of Electronic Design select a group of new inductees based on level of contribution, industry impact, lasting achievement and feedback from its readers for the publication’s Engineering Hall of Fame. In selecting Dr. Nakamura the editors’ wrote, “Shuji Nakamura enabled an entire industry based on high-brightness LEDs replacing incandescent, gas-discharge, and fluorescent lighting in vehicles, homes, businesses, and outdoors. He did it by developing a practical way to manufacture efficient blue and ultraviolet LEDs, which are the basis for ‘white’ LEDs.”


“I’m very honored that both publications took the time and effort to honor my work,” said Shuji Nakamura, Founder of Soraa, inventor of the blue and white LED and professor at the Materials Department of the College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Lighting affects the way we see the world, and good light can make anything more compelling. Creating efficient lighting products that do not compromise on performance, offer the highest quality available, and greatly reduce energy waste has always been a driving principle of my work and was the motivation for creating Soraa.”


Dr. Nakamura was born on May 22, 1954 in Ehime, Japan.  He obtained B.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokushima, Japan in 1977, 1979, and 1994, respectively. He has received numerous awards for his work. He was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2003.

Since 2000, he has been a professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds more than 100 patents and has published more than 400 papers in his field. Dr. Nakamura is also the Research Director of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Center.

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