Photographic Society of America recognizes Holonyak

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Khushboo Jain, ECE ILLINOIS
11/21/2017 1:53:34 PM

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The Photographic Society of America (PSA) announced Professor Emeritus Nick Holonyak, Jr, as the recipient of the 2017 PSA Progress Award. 

The Progress Award is the highest award given by PSA and recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the progress of photography or an allied subject. The award honors Holonyak’s invention of the first viable LED (Light Emitting Diode). 

Holonyak’s student, Russell D. Dupuis, accepted the award on his behalf. Dupuis is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Professor Emeritus Nick Holonyak, Jr.
Professor Emeritus Nick Holonyak, Jr.

Holonyak earned all of his academic degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Holonyak joined his alma mater as a faculty member in 1963 at the invitation of his doctoral adviser John Bardeen, the two-time Nobel Physics Laureate and inventor of the transistor. 

Over the next four decades, Holonyak and his students gave the world several major optics-related inventions but he is best known for his invention of the first visible (red) laser and LED used in displays and lighting and the use of various alloys in colored light sources. 

More than 50 years after inventing the first viable LED, Holonyak is still receiving awards because the technology he created continues to impact a wide variety of industries ranging from photography and entertainment to optical communication and the internet. 

Previous recipients of the award have included the makers of the GoPro cameras, Nobel Laureate and ECE ILLINOIS alumnus Jack Kilby, and Walt Disney.

The complete list of previous recipients can be found here

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