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February 2015. What one likes, one will do well.


In December 2014, Isamu Akasaki, Professor at Meijo University, Hiroshi Amano, Professor at Nagoya University, and Shuji Nakamura, Professor at the University of California were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in Stockholm, Sweden.Here are the words that these professors spoke towards young people in the interview.

Research and development of blue LEDs (light-emitting diodes)

The three professors have been working on blue LED research and development for many years, which was said to be impossible to develop during the 20th century.In 1986, Prof. Isamu Akasaki and Prof. Hiroshi Amano succeeded for the first time in the world in the crystallization of high-quality "gallium nitride" which is necessary for blue light emission, focusing on gallium nitride, which was hardly looked at as a crystalline material at (1986) that time.In 1993, (1993) Professor Shuji Nakamura was the first person in the world to succeed in developing an extremely bright blue LED that could be put into practical use using an independently developed device, and researchers around the world were truly surprised.

Words towards young people

The three spoke as follows in the interview as words to give to young people.

Dr Isamu Akasaki

“Don’t get caught up with the trend, and only pick the research you really want to do.I think that is the best.If you are doing what you want, you can continue even when you don't get results for a long time. "

Dr. Hiroshi Amano:

“You can always do it if you have faith and do not make a mistake in setting your direction.Don't give up "

Dr. Shuji Nakamura:

“The United States is the best place for those who are motivated and want to do their best.I want young people to welcome challenges and try out your opportunities overseas. ''

in conclusion

The words given to the young people by the three professors who won the Nobel Prize in physics can be understood as follows: “we want you to find what you really want to do, do not give up, and challenge yourself.”And that we expect you to expand your interests outside your country and take your strides”.This is in line with the words of the monk, Kenko Yoshida who was active in the Kamakura period (the 14th century): What one likes, one will do well (Tsurezuregusa)I hope that all of you young people will find something that you truly "love and want to do!" and you will study hard at our school with "single-minded devotion.

Hideaki Kashihara