October marks 50 years of history for 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.

So begins Steve Bush, our Technology Editor, in his roundup of LED history. Given that it is this October that marks 50 years of the technology, I thought I should re-promote the original article…

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