THE LED

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Chances are, you’re enjoying another innovation from Champaign-Urbana right now — the LED. University of Illinois professor Nick Holonyak, Jr. laid the groundwork for the modern LED, lighting up much of the technology we use today.

THE WEB BROWSER

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Champaign-Urbana is the birthplace of the first popular Web browser, an idea pioneered by two intrepid computer science students in 1992.

RESIDENTIAL AIR CONDITIONING

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Enjoy that air conditioning in the sweltering heat of summer? Like not having unpleasant odors in the workplace? You’re welcome. Because that was the work of University of Illinois alumnus and faculty member, Dr. Seichi Konzo. 

Innovations

The Modern Web Browser

The Modern Web Browser
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Residential Air Conditioning

Residential Air Conditioning
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Whipped Cream in a Can

Whipped Cream in a Can
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Plasma Televisions

Plasma Televisions
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Super Sweetcorn

Super Sweetcorn
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PLATO

PLATO
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Innovators

Max Levchin, PayPal

Max Levchin, PayPal
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Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, YouTube

Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, YouTube
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Stephen Wolfram, Mathematica

Stephen Wolfram, Mathematica
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Nick Holonyak, LED

Nick Holonyak, LED
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Ping Fu

Ping Fu
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Jeremy Stoppelman and Russell Simmons, Yelp

Jeremy Stoppelman and Russell Simmons, Yelp
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For a more complete list of innovations from
Champaign-Urbana click here.