Nobel Laureate Hiroshi Amano Leads off the NTU Royal Palm Lecture Series


The NTU Royal Palm Lecture Series invites distinguished figures with outstanding achievements or international influence to present lectures on campus. For the inaugural lecture, the series featured Professor Amano Hiroshi, the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics.

NTU proudly introduces the NTU Royal Palm Lecture Series, a dynamic academic initiative to invite highly-accomplished individuals from academia and business circles, overseas as well as local, to present lectures on our campus. This initiative is aimed to broaden the horizons of our students and faculty alike.

The Royal Palm Series commenced with a lecture by Prof. Hiroshi Amano-- a distinguished engineer and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is renowned for his expertise in the fields of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), high-power/high-frequency transistors, semiconductor physics, crystal growth, and nanoscale structures. Held on Sept, 1, Prof. Amano's lecture, "Why Did GaN-based Blue LED Emerge from a Poor University,” drew an enthusiastic audience of students and faculty, eager to learn from his expertise.

Prof. Amona, a distinguished professor at Nagoya University in Japan, received the Nobel Prize in Physics together with fellow researchers Prof. Isamu Akasaki and Prof. Shuji Nakamura in 2014 for their groundbreaking work on the development of high-brightness blue LEDs. This innovation paved the way for energy-efficient, bright white light sources by enabling LEDs to emit the three primary colors of light.

In his lecture, Prof. Amano shared how Nagoya University, despite its limited resources, played a pivotal role in the development of gallium nitride (GaN)-based blue LEDs. This technology revolutionized lighting by offering a highly efficient, bright white light source. Prof. Amano emphasized the importance of persistence and enthusiasm in conducting research, recalling his journey from being uninterested in physics in high school to becoming a passionate advocate for its potential to benefit humanity.

Reflecting on his remarkable path, Prof. Amano underscored the importance of possessing such qualities as a "vision for the future," "enthusiasm," and "persistence" for scientific researchers. He encouraged budding scholars to recognize their unique talents and pursue their research endeavors with unwavering commitment.

The NTU Royal Palm Lecture Series, an integral part of NTU's ongoing effort to promote academic excellence and global perspectives, invites a diversity of distinguished speakers, including academic scholars, technical experts, NTU distinguished professors, highly-accomplished alumni, recipients of honorary doctorates, and influential entrepreneurs. These eminent speakers address pressing global issues and emerging technological frontiers, providing our students and faculty with precious, timely knowledge and insights. Prof. Amano's lecture commenced this stimulating series, which is planned to host six such events annually, with the expectation that the rich experiences and wisdom of the distinguished guests will provide inspiration as well as insights to every attendee.

Amano Hiroshi, the Nobel laureate in Physics in 2014 and currently a Distinguished Professor at Nagoya University in Japan, presented a lecture at the NTU Royal Palm Lecture Series on September 1. The lecture sparked lively discussion.

President Wen-Chang Chen (right) expressed his delight in hosting Prof. Amano (left), praising the professor's unwavering spirit despite limited resources. President Chen stressed that such qualities offered valuable lessons for NTU students and faculty.