Awards & Winners

Nick Holonyak

Date of Birth 03-November-1928
Place of Birth Zeigler
(United States of America, Illinois, Franklin County)
Nationality United States of America
Profession Inventor, Physicist
Nick Holonyak, Jr. invented the first visible-spectrum LED in 1962 while working as a consulting scientist at a General Electric Company laboratory in Syracuse, New York. He has been referred to by some people as "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. Holonyak retired at the end of July 2013 after 50 years at Illinois.

Awards by Nick Holonyak

Check all the awards nominated and won by Nick Holonyak.


IEEE Medal of Honor
(for a career of pioneering contributions to semiconductors, including the growth of semiconductor alloys and heterojunctions, and to visible light-emitting diodes and injection lasers)


National Medal of Technology and Innovation
(For contributions to the development and commercialization of light-emitting diode (LED) technology, with applications to digital displays, consumer electronics, automotive lighting, traffic signals, and general illumination.)


National Medal of Science for Engineering
(For his contributions as one of the Nation's most prolific inventors in the area of semiconductor materials and devices, and for his role as research mentor while working at the forefront of solid-state science and technology.)