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Staying Off Beaten Track Puts LED Researcher a Step Ahead

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Science  21 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5307, pp. 1734
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5307.1734

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ANAN, JAPAN—The inventor of the world's first bright blue light-emitting diode (LED) and leader in the race to commercialize a blue laser is an easygoing researcher far off the beaten technology track in Japan. But Shuji Nakamura of Nichia Chemical Industries Ltd. is all business when it comes to science.