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2012 Asia LED forum
Mr. George Craford & Dr. Shuji Nakamura as keynote speakers
 
Keynote speaker on Asia LED Summit (9 June 2012)
Name: Mr. George Craford
Time: 13:40 – 14:00
Venue: Meeting room no. 8 (North), Area B
Topic: The future development trend of LED technologies
Biography:
Mr. Craford began his professional career as a research physicist at Monsanto Chemical Company. He advanced to the level of Technical Director of the Electronics Division, before joining the Hewlett-Packard Company in 1979. He is currently the Solid State Lighting Fellow at Philips Lumileds Lighting Company.
 
Mr. Craford’s research has been mainly focused on the development of visible LED’s using a variety of compound semiconductor materials. He first became known for the development of nitrogen-doped GaAsP technology in the early 1970s, which became and remains one of the dominant commercial LED technologies. At Hewlett-Packard, Mr. Craford’s group pioneered the development of AlInGaP LEDs, and has developed AlGaAs and InGaN products.
 
Mr. Craford is a fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has also received the IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Award, the Holonyak Award of the Optical Society of America, the Welker Award of the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors, the Material Research Society Medal, an IEEE Third Millenium Medal, the Electronics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois College of Engineering.
 
In 2002, Mr. Craford received the National Medal of Technology from the President of the United States in recognition of Mr. Craford's contributions to LED technology.
 
Mr. George Craford
Father of the
light-emitting yellow diode
Mr. George Craford
Ex-CTO, Philips Lumileds
Keynote speaker on Asia LED Summit (10 June 2012)
Name: Dr. Shuji Nakamura
Time: 09:35 – 10:05
Venue: Meeting room no. 8 (South), Area B
Topic: Current Status and Future prospects of Nitride-based LEDs
Biography:
Dr. Shuji Nakamura was born on May 22, 1954 in Ehime, Japan. He obtained B.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokushima, Japan in 1977, 1979, and 1994, respectively. He joined Nichia Chemical Industries Ltd in 1979. In 1988, he spent a year at the University of Florida as a visiting research associate. In 1989 he started the research of blue LEDs using group-III nitride materials. In 1993 and 1995 he developed the first group-III nitride-based blue/green LEDs. He also developed the first group-III nitride-based violet laser diodes (LDs) in 1995.
 
He has received a number of awards, including: the Nishina Memorial Award (1996), MRS Medal Award (1997), IEEE Jack A. Morton Award, the British Rank Prize (1998) and Benjamin Franklin Medal Award (2002). He was elected as the member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2003. He received the Finnish Millennium Technology Prize in 2006. In 2008, he also received the price of Asturias Award from Spain. He received the Harvey Prize of Israel Institute of Technology in 2010. Since 2000, he is a professor of Materials Department of University of California Santa Barbara. He holds more than 100 patents and has published more than 400 papers in this field.
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