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11 December 2014

Professor Akasaki Attends Magnificent Ceremony of Nobel Prize Award

Photo of Professor Akasaki and Professor Amano (left) in front of a Christmas tree ©Newspaper representative
Photo of Professor Akasaki and Professor Amano (left) in front of a Christmas tree ©Newspaper representative

  • Photo of Meijo University President Toshiharu Nakane and Nagoya University President Michinari Hamaguchi
  • Photo of Meijo University President Toshiharu Nakane and Nagoya University President Michinari Hamaguchi
The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony 2014 took place at the Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden at 4:30 p.m. on December 10 (midnight on December 11, Japan time). Meijo University Professor Iasamu Akasaki, Nagoya University Professor Hiroshi Amano, and University of California Santa Barbara Professor Shuji Nakamura received their Nobel Medals and Diplomas from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Before the ceremony Professor Akasaki, who had overcome his ill health and reached this day said, “I’ve been very busy since the announcement of Nobel Prize in Physics was made on October 7. And there were some moments I felt I would not be able to come here. Today I would like to attend the ceremony on behalf of my colleagues and those who have helped me continue my research.”

Professor Akasaki with an uptight look entered the stage first together with other laureates while Mozart’s marching music was being played. L'Huillier, member of Nobel Committee for Physics 2014 praised the accomplishments of three laureates by saying, “Alfred Nobel wrote in his will to endow Physics prizes to those who have made the greatest contribution to mankind. The invention of blue LED fulfills the Nobel’s will without doubt.”

After finishing his important role as a laureate at the ceremony Professor Akasaki said, “I was very impressed by the wonderful ceremony I attended. Today Professor Amano and I received this award on behalf of our research partners at the Matsushita Research Institute Tokyo, Inc. as well as research collaborators and students at the Nagoya University and the Meijo University, and we would like to share our joy with them.” Mrs. Akasaki also stated, “At such a wonderful ceremony I was genuinely touched when I heard loud applause. Thank you very much.”

After the ceremony, Professor Akasaki together with his wife and family members attended the Nobel Banquet in the Blue Hall of the Stockholm City Hall. About 1300 people participated in the ceremony congratulating the laureates.

  • Photo of vehicles taking laureates to the ceremony hall. It was an impressive sight of cars with Nobel marks running through the city while all the traffic lights being turned blue.
  • Photo of vehicles taking laureates to the ceremony hall. It was an impressive sight of cars with Nobel marks running through the city while all the traffic lights being turned blue.
  • The City Hall brightly shining blue in the evening of Stockholm
  • The City Hall brightly shining blue in the evening of Stockholm
  • Plates used for Nobel Banquet
  • Plates used for Nobel Banquet
  • Projection mapping of Professor Akasaki in front of the ceremony hall
  • Projection mapping of Professor Akasaki in front of the ceremony hall
  • The Stockholm City Hall where the Nobel Banquet was held
  • The Stockholm City Hall where the Nobel Banquet was held