Japanese physicist Akasaki, the inventor of LED, dies


Meijo University announced that Akasaki, the first inventor of LED lights, died in the city of Nagoya, where he was treated for lung inflammation.

Born in Kagoshima, Akasaki graduated from Kyoto University in 1952 and worked at the then-Matsushita Electric Industrial firm, known today as Panasonic.

Achieving the title of professor from Nagoya University in 1981, physicist Akasaki was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014, thanks to the LED he inventor.

Akasaki shared this award with his colleagues, the Japanese Amano Hiroshi and the Japanese-born American Nakamura Shuji.