ptorrone
writes “MAKE Magazine has a fantastic ‘Connections’-style video called
THE LED — The short documentary has the history of the LED to modern
day applications. Starting with Russian Oleg Vladimirovich Losev work
which was largely ignored in the 1920s to making your own ‘Cat’s
Whisker’ — a primitive LED made from a metal-semiconductor
point-contact junction forming a Schottky barrier diode. The first
practical visible-spectrum LED was developed in 1962 by Nick Holonyak
Jr., while working at General Electric Company.”

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