Shuji Nakamura is one of the recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. Not only is this exciting news for the Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate program, which predicted Nakamura’s win back in 2002, the selection also offers a clear road map from developing highly cited scientific research to spurning an explosion of business growth.
Patent research using Thomson Reuter’s Derwent World Patent Index reveals that Nakamura is named as the inventor on 484 patented inventions in the field of Electro-(in)organic materials published since 1991. The most highly-cited of these inventions is US6153010A, which was published in 2000. This invention created a “method of growing nitride semiconductors, nitride semiconductor substrate and nitride semiconductor device” and has been cited by 427 subsequent published patents.
This analysis of both patents and scientific literature citations shows us that the extensive field work done by Nakamura has been the impetus for hundreds of inventions that have helped the semiconductor industry to an unparalleled growth and innovation over the past decade and a half. Nakamura’s case connects the dots between the research and business work, and as a result, portrays a lasting impact on both sides of the coin.