This year’s Nobel Prize winners are an exceptional bunch with accolades in fields varying from literature, to science, human rights work and so on. Take a minute to think about how familiar you are with each of the winners and the work they’ve done.. Well, we’ve profiled the 13 winners just for you so you can get inspired by these “normal people” and their extraordinary accomplishments.
Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura (Japan)
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This talented trio was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for creating blue light-emitting diodes — aka LEDs – that are not only energy-efficient, but environmentally friendly too.
They started experimenting in the early ’90s when finally a creation was born of long-lasting blue lights. The LEDs will hopefully replace fluorescent and incandescent lightbulbs.
The blue bulbs wouldl help save the Earth’s resources by lowering the overall energy and material consumption on a global scale. It only takes a cheap local solar power to get these lights to work so those living in less developed areas who lack access to electricity can have a reliable light source. That’s huge.