Shuji Nakamura kể (2002):
…after completing my 10th year, I was urged to quit the company and so I blew a fuse. I decided to propose the development of blue LED, which I wanted to develop, and if it was impossible then I would resign the company.
As I thought that if I proposed the development plan to my boss, it would go nowhere. So I appealed directly to the company founder… The founder’s name was Mr. Nobuo Ogawa – he was the president at the time, but he died this year. I asked him to let me develop a blue LED, and he just said “OK.” I thought he was either lying or that he thought he wouldn’t need to spend any money on it. So I stuck my neck out and said “We need a budget of several hundred million yen in order to complete the development of blue LED.” He replied “OK.” Moreover, I asked him to permit me to study abroad at Florida University for one year. Again “OK.” Everything was OK in just 5 seconds – it was that easy.
I asked Chairman Nobuo Ogawa why he had agreed to pay for Shuji Nakamura’s proposed research on GaN blue LEDs, and pay for Shuji Nakamura [to] learn MOCVD at the University of Florida in Professor Ramaswamy’s group. Nobuo Ogawa’s answer: “How did you chose your wife?”
Shuji Nakamura là một trong ba người được giải Nobel về vật lý năm 2014. “Chọn vợ gửi vàng” là như vậy.