Nick Holonyak Jr. ( / hʌlɒnjæk / huh-LON-yak; November 3, 1928 – September 18, 2022) was an American engineer and educator. He is noted particularly for his 1962 invention and first demonstration of a semiconductor laser diode that emitted visible light. This device was the forerunner of the first generation of commercial light-emitting diodes (LEDs).https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Holonyak
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Nick Holonyak Jr. ( / hʌlɒnjæk / huh-LON-yak; November 3, 1928 – September 18, 2022) was an American engineer and educator. He is noted particularly for his 1962 invention and first demonstration of a semiconductor laser diode that emitted visible light. This device was the forerunner of the first generation of commercial light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Nick Holonyak, Jr., (born November 3, 1928, Zeigler, Illinois, U.S.—died September 18, 2022, Urbana, Illinois), American engineer who was known for his pioneering work with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), notably creating the first visible LED. Holonyak was the son of immigrants from what is now Ukraine.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Nick Holonyak Jr., a renowned innovator of illumination, died Sept. 18 in Urbana, Ill. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor was 93 years old. Holonyak (pronounced huh-LON-yak) is credited with the development of the first practical visible-spectrum LED, now commonly used worldwide in light bulbs, device displays and lasers.
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Born in 1928 to Rusyn immigrants (from what is now Ukraine), Nick Holonyak Jr. was the first member of his family to receive any type of formal schooling. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1950, his master’s degree in 1951, and his doctoral degree in 1954. All were in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Inventor and engineer Nick Holonyak revolutionized the lighting industry with his development of the first visible LED (light emitting diode). An LED is a semiconductor device that produces light from electricity. LEDs last a long time and do not break easily, especially compared to incandescent light bulbs.
Professor Nick Holonyak, Jr., has worked at the forefront of semiconductor science and technology since 1952 (45+ years). At Bell Labs, he was an early contributor (1954-55) to diffused-impurity oxide-masked silicon device technology, including transistors, p-n-p-n switches, and thyristors (SCR's) . Later at General Electric (1957-1963), he was the inventor of the shorted emitter used in all thyristors and fundamental to all symmetrical switches (TRIACs), including the basic element in ...
Nick Holonyak Jr., whose development in 1962 of the first practical visible-spectrum light-emitting diode, or LED, proved a breakthrough that now has countless practical applications, including...
Nick Holonyak Jr., an electrical engineer who became known as the godfather of the LED lighting that illuminates flat-screen TVs and laptop computers, and who also developed lasers that enabled...
Nick Holonyak Jr., pioneer of LED lighting, awarded Queen Elizabeth Prize Holonyak celebrated at Parade of Lights Holonyak Jr. named honorary Grand Marshal of 2019 Parade of Lights
In 1962, 50 years ago today, Nick Holonyak Jr. and his team at GE invented the Light Emitting Diode. While LED lights are almost everywhere today — from bridges to headlights to keychain ...