U of I plans to name Micro Lab after Professor Emeritus Nick Holonyak Jr.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is planning to name its Micro and Nanotechnology Lab after an engineering visionary who made the first practical LED. Professor Emeritus Nick Holonyak Jr. found a new alloy in 1962 that would emit light in the red part of the visible spectrum. The News-Gazette reports that UI trustees will vote next week on whether to name the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory after Holonyak. Energy-saving LEDs are universal, used in everything from flashlights to spacecraft.