Nick Holonyak Jr. Invented the First Practical Light-Emitting Diode (LED)
Nick Holonyak Jr. had one of those bright ideas that lit up the world. In 1962, he invented the first practical red light-emitting diode. Today, LEDs illuminate everything from alarm clocks to the NASDAQ billboard in New York’s Times Square.
This Friday, during the 10th annual Lemelson-MIT Awards Ceremony, Holonyak will receive the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize— the world’s largest single cash prize for invention.
Merton Flemings, director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, which sponsors the annual award, cited the scope of Holonyak’s work, as well as his impact on future generations of inventors, as important reasons the Prize board chose him to receive this year’s Lemelson-MIT Prize.
Nick Holonyak’s work is present in many of the electronic devices we use today, Flemings said. Within the next decade, LEDs could potentially make the incandescent light bulb obsolete. Equally important, Nick Holonyak has mentored countless students who have pursued science and technology as a means to improve our world.
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