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October 24, 2012

Governor Quinn Proclaims “Nick Holonyak Day” in Illinois

WHEREAS, science and technology have a profound impact on shaping our world; and,

WHEREAS, scientists and inventors are deserving of our respect and praise for their contributions to moving our world forward; and,

WHEREAS, Illinois is home to numerous prominent scientists and inventors; and,

WHEREAS, fifty years ago, in 1962, Illinois native Dr. Nick Holonyak, Jr. revolutionized the way we light our world by inventing the first practically useful visible light-emitting diode (LED), a more energy efficient, longer lasting, more durable and mercury free source of lighting; and,

WHEREAS, Nick Holonyak, Jr. was born in Zeigler, Illinois and earned his BS, MS and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and,

WHEREAS, Dr. Holonyak was the first graduate student of two-time Nobel laureate John Bardeen, an Illinois professor who invented the transistor; and,

WHEREAS, as a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1963, Dr. Holonyak and his students have developed the first quantum-well laser, creating a practical laser for fiber-optic communications, compact disc players, medical diagnosis, surgery, ophthalmology and many other applications; and,

WHEREAS, few scientists and inventors have done more to transform our lives than Nick Holonyak, Jr., the holder of over 40 patents and inventor of the light-emitting diode (LED), the red-light semiconductor laser (used in CD and DVD players) and the shorted emitter p-n-p-n switch (used in light dimmers and power tools); and,

THEREFORE, I, Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2012 as NICK HOLONYAK DAY in Illinois, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the light-emitting diode (LED) and one of our state’s greatest innovators, Dr. Nick Holonyak, “the Father of the Visible LED.”

RAW TAPEGovernor proclaims "Nick Holonyak Day" in Illinois, in honor of the LED inventor. Audio includes Governor Pat Quinn and Rep. Naomi Jakobsson. Photos from this event are available on our Facebook page.

RAW TAPEQ & A w/Governor Pat Quinn. Topics include: Pension reform and U of I budget.


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