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William H. Sanders
Department Head
ECE ILLINOIS
306 N. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 333-2300
Fax: (217) 244-7075
whs@illinois.edu

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Nick Holonyak, Jr

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor Emeritus
2113 Micro and Nanotechnology Lab
208 N. Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-4149

Primary Research Area

  • Microelectronics and Photonics - Physical Electronics

Education

PhD Electrical Engineering University of Illinois October 1954

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Hyper-Uniform Nanophotonic Technologies

Research Interests

Semiconductors, Semiconductor Device Physics, Semiconductor Crystal Growth and Junction Formation, Diffused Si Devices, SCR's, TRIAC's, Double Injection, Luminescence, Light Emitting Diodes (LED's), Heterojunctions, Lasers, Tunnel Diodes, Compound Semiconductors, Quantum Well Heterostructures, Superlattices, Quantum Well Lasers, Impurity - Induced Layer Disordering, Al-based III-V Native Oxides and Their use in Heterostructures Devices

Research Areas

  • Lasers and optical physics
  • Plasma devices and plasma science
  • Semiconductor electronic devices
  • Semiconductor lasers and photonic devices
  • Semiconductor materials

Presentations

Honors

  • 2008 National Inventors Hall of Fame (Announced February 14, 2008) (May 2-3, 2008 at Akron, Ohio)
  • 2006 Member of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Hall of Fame
  • 2005 Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois
  • 2004 Izaak Walton League of America Illinois Division Energy Conservation Award
  • 2004 MRS Von Hippel Award
  • 2004 Lemelson-MIT Prize (April, 23, 2004)
  • 2004 Washington Award (Western Society of Engineers, Feb 27, 2004)
  • 2003 National Medal of Technology
  • 2003 IEEE Medal of Honor
  • 2001 Frederic Ives Medal of the Optical Society of America
  • 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal
  • 1995 Japan Prize
  • National Academy of Sciences Award for the Industrial Application of Science
  • National Medal of Science
  • John Scott Medal
  • IEEE Edison Medal

Teaching Honors

1988 Monie A. Ferst Award (Sigma Xi)

Research Honors

  • 2008 National Inventors Hall of Fame (Announced February 14, 2008)
  • 2006 Member of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Hall of Fame
  • 2005 Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois
  • 2004 Izaak Walton League of America Illinois Division Energy Conservation Award
  • 2004 MRS Von Hippel Award
  • 2004 Lemelson-MIT Prize (April, 23, 2004)
  • 2004 Washington Award (Western Society of Engineers)
  • 2003 National Medal of Technology
  • 2003 IEEE Medal of Honor
  • 2003 Globel Energy International Prize
  • 2003 Fellow of American Association Advancement Science
  • 2001 Frederic Ives Medal of the Optical Society of America
  • 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal
  • 1999 Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1999 Distinguished Alumnus of Tau Beta Pi
  • 1998 Eminent Member of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN)
  • 1997 "Nick Holonyak Award" of the Optical Society of America established (funded by Don and Carol Scifres)
  • 1995 Fellow International Engineering Consortium (IEC)
  • 1995 Japan Prize
  • 1995 John Bardeen Award (The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, TMS)
  • 1994 Doctor of Engineering (Honorary Degree, Notre Dame University)
  • 1994 Vladimir Karapetoff Eminent Members' Award of Eta Kappa Nu
  • 1994 Life Member (Fellow) of the IEEE
  • 1993 American Electronics Association 50th Anniversary Award ("Inventing America's Future")
  • 1993 ASEE Centennial Medal
  • 1993 National Academy of Sciences Award for the Industrial Application of Science
  • 1993 John Bardeen Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics
  • 1992 Honorary Member of the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute (St. Petersburg)
  • 1992 Doctor of Science (Honorary Degree, Northwestern University)
  • 1992 Charles Hard Townes Award (Optical Society of America)
  • 1990 National Medal of Science
  • 1989 Edison Medal (IEEE)
  • 1988 Monie Ferst Award of Sigma Xi (the research society)
  • 1984 Fellow American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 1984 Member US National Academy of Sciences
  • University of Illinois Center of Advanced Study - 1977
  • 1983 Electrochemical Society's Solid State Science and Technology Award
  • 1981 Jack A. Morton Award (IEEE)
  • Invited guest of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in 1967 and 1974
  • 1976 GaAs Symposium Award with Welker Medal
  • 1975 John Scott Award (City of Philadelphia) - "for his inventions leading to the First Practical Light Emitting Diode"
  • 1973 Member US National Academy of Engineering
  • 1973 Morris N. Liebmann Award (IEEE) for outstanding contribution to the field of visible light emitting diodes and diode lasers
  • Listed in Who's Who in America (40th Edition), American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in Engineering, Who's Who in the World
  • Cordiner Award, GE - 1962 (first visible spectrum semiconductor laser)