Nobel Laureate Amano Hiroshi Named 20th NSU Honorary Doctor

Amano Hiroshi, 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics and Professor at Nagoya University, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Novosibirsk State University. Professor Hiroshi is the 20th scientist to receive this highest honor from NSU.

NSU Rector Mikhail Fedoruk commented on the award,

The unanimous decision by the NSU academic council to award this honor recognizes Professor Hiroshi’s outstanding achievements and contribution to the development of semiconductor technologies as well as to scientific and educational cooperation between Russia and Japan. Our University’s primary mission is to prepare qualified personnel for science and the high-tech industry and we are very interested in developing relations with Nagoya University.


The Rector also noted that the development of a program for student and teacher academic mobility is a priority. In addition, the creation of joint research laboratories and organizing lectures for young scientists are being considered.

According to Mr. Amano, it is a great honor to be appointed an NSU honorary doctor because the University has a high ranking in the fields of physics and mathematics. The Japanese physicist said that he plans to start working at NSU and one of the goals of this visit was to discuss this issue, “I, like the NSU scientists, do research in the field of semiconductors and would very much like to switch from basic science to applied science, especially in the field of computer technologies and applications”.

Amano Hiroshi is currently conducting research on semiconductors that convert energy. The main goal of his work is to decrease the use of natural resources and make their use more economical. The specialist also works in the field of creating unmanned vehicle systems.


Fedoruk added,

For the University, this is also an honor because Nobel Laureates rarely come to Russia. We are very pleased that this is Professor Amano’s second visit to Novosibirsk and that this second meeting took place when he was awarded the title of honorary doctor of the University.

After the award ceremony, the Professor delivered a student lecture in English on how basic research leads to innovation. As an example, he presented the process for the development of blue LEDs based on gallium nitride.

Amano Hiroshi’s 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for his 1989 invention of blue diodes. This made it possible to create bright and energy-saving white light sources. These super-bright blue diodes based on gallium nitride are used in modern LCD panels, smartphone screens, flashes, and energy-efficient light bulbs.