Commentary


Nature Photonics 1, 189 - 192 (2007)
doi:10.1038/nphoton.2007.34

The life and times of the LED — a 100-year history

Nikolay Zheludev1

  1. Nikolay Zheludev is at The Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK.
    e-mail: n.i.zheludev@soton.ac.uk


Many people believe that the LED was discovered by US researchers working in the 1960s. In fact, Henry Round at Marconi Labs noted the emission of light from a semiconductor diode 100 years ago and, independently, a forgotten Russian genius — Oleg Losev — discovered the LED.

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