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    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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    Nick Holonyak, Jr. (born November 3, 1928, in Zeigler, Illinois) invented the first visible LED in 1962 while working as a consulting scientist at a General Electric Company laboratory in Syracuse, New York and has been called “the father of the light-emitting diode”. He is a John Bardeen Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics and Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he has been since 1963.


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