The history of the LED
Here’s one not to miss. In conjunction with our 50th anniversary issue, Technology Editor Steve Bush has produced a history of the LED.
Back in 1960 Electronics Weekly was born into a ferment of III-V semiconductor research that within two years would produce the first practical LED.
In 1960 Dr Nick Holonyak of General Electric was developing an unusual material, GaAsP, as a route to wide bandgap tunnel diodes.
From the deepest history of Marconi’s assistant, Henry Round, reporting light emission from carborundum (raw silicon carbide) in 1907, and a self-educated Russian scientist, Oleg Losov, also noticing light emission from SiC in the 1920s, it goes on to cover Bell Labs in the more modern age, MIT, Monsanto, and Naruhito Iwasa…
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