Frontier electronics in memory of Professor Isamu Akasaki
In person: 24 January 2022 • 8:10 AM - 8:50 AM PST
ISAMU AKASAKI, special distinguished professor of Meijo University, and distinguished university professor and emeritus professor of Nagoya University, the pioneer of blue LEDs, and the Nobel Laureate in physics, passed away from pneumonia on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the age of 92. He was always a real pioneer. He started nitride research in 1967. At that time, blue LED research was an undeveloped area. When he moved from Matsushita Giken Co., Ltd. to Nagoya University in 1981, almost no other organizations attempted to continue with the topic. At that time, the majority of researchers determined that it was very difficult to grow single crystals, and that realizing p-type GaN was impossible. Therefore, many abandoned GaN. According to him, his situation at that time was like “going alone in the wilderness.” Today, the wilderness pioneered by Professor Isamu Akasaki is now a prosperous and fruitful field where many researchers all over the world are gathering and bringing happiness to the people. He liked the term “Frontier Electronics.” In this presentation, in addition to his memorial, today’s frontier electronics will be discussed.
Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Hiroshi Amano received a Doctorate of Engineering from Nagoya University. His supervisor was Prof. Isamu Akasaki. From 1988 to 1992, he was a research associate at Nagoya University. In 1992, he moved to Meijo University from 1998 till 2010. He then moved to Nagoya University, where he was a professor of Graduate School of Engineering in 2010. On Oct. 1, 2015, he became a director of the Center for Integrated Research of Future Electronics, Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability, Nagoya University. Prof. Amano shared the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 with Prof. Isamu Akasaki and Prof. Shuji Nakamura "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources." He is currently developing technologies for the fabrication of high-efficiency power semiconductor development and new energy-saving devices at Nagoya University.