Two prior European Inventor Award finalists recently won the 2014 Nobel Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. This distinguished honor was bestowed upon Shuji Nakamura of the United States in Physics and Stefan Hell of Germany in Chemistry, European Inventor Award finalists in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The award ceremony will take place in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10th.
Shuji Nakamura will be recognized along with Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano for their invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Nakamura was a finalist in 2007 in the « Non-European countries » category. Stefan Hell will be honored along with Eric Betzig for their development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. Hell was a finalist in the « Lifetime achievement » category of the European Inventor Award in 2008.
Launched in 2006, the European Inventor Award is presented yearly by the European Patent Office in five categories to individuals and teams whose inventions provide answers to the challenges of our times. A special congratulations to these two winners, well done!