Name: Nick Holonyak
Occupation: Inventor
Gender: Male
Birth Day: November 3, 1928
Age: 95
Birth Place: Zeigler - Illinois
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Nick Holonyak

Nick Holonyak was born on 3 November 1928(95 years old) in Illinois. Nick Holonyak is Inventor, Zodiac sign - Scorpio. More detail about Nick Holonyak given below.

About Nick Holonyak

Inventor of the light-emitting diode, dubbed the"Father of the LED". He has received accolades from George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Emperor Akihito of Japan, and Vladimir Putin, and he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2008.

Nick Holonyak Jr. is an American engineer and educator. He was particularly noted for the invention of a light emitting diode in 1962 which emitted visible red light instead of infrared light; Holonyak showed off the LED on October 9, 1962 while working at General Electric's research lab in Syracuse, New York. He is John Bardeen's Honorary Chairman of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has worked since leaving General Electric in 1963

FieldsElectrical engineering
Notable awardsNational Academy of Engineering (1973), National Academy of Sciences (1984), IEEE Edison Medal (1989), National Medal of Science (1990), National Medal of Technology (2002), IEEE Medal of Honor (2003), Global Energy Prize (2003), Lemelson-MIT Prize (2004), National Inventors Hall of Fame (2008)
ResidenceUnited States
ThesisEffect of Surface Conditions on Characteristics of Rectifier Junctions (1954)
BornNovember 3, 1928, Zeigler, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS 1950, MS 1951, PhD 1954


In 1963 he told Reader's Digest that LEDs would replace Edison's incandescent bulbs - and he was right.

Nick Holonyak before fame

He received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Achievement of Nick Holonyak

In Reader's Digest in 1963, he prophesied that LEDs will eventually replace Edison's incandescent bulbs, and he was correct.

Salary 2020

Not known

Net Worth 2020


Nick Holonyak family life

He married Katherine Holonyak in 1956 and had three children with her.

Associations of Nick Holonyak

George Bush and his son, George W. Bush, both honored him for his lifetime achievements.

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