Inventor of Blue, Green and White Light-emitting Diodes (LEDs) Awarded This Year’s Millennium Technology Prize

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The BBC reports that Professor Shuji Nakamura was awarded this year’s Millennium Technology Prize for his inventions of blue, green and white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and the blue laser diode at a ceremony in Helsinki, Finland.

As he received the award, Professor Nakamura said: "I hope the award of this prize will help people to understand that this invention makes it possible to improve quality of life for many millions of people.

"This is not just a source of light that makes enormous energy savings possible, it is also an innovation that can be used in the sterilisation of drinking water and for storing data in much more efficient ways."

The BBC goes on to report that as "LEDs are more robust than traditional lightbulbs and use relatively little power they can easily be combined with solar panels to provide lighting in remote areas of developing countries." 

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