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Nick Holonyak, Jr., 2004 Lemelson-MIT Prize Winner

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Published on Feb 28, 2009

Demonstrating an affinity for electrical engineering in childhood, Nick Holonyak, Jr., invented the first practical LED (light emitting diode), the first visible-spectrum semiconductor laser and the household dimmer switch. His discoveries have had a major impact on the lighting industry, global communications, and consumer products, and thus earned him the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2004.

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