Lithuanians in the News
27th May, 2007
Lithuanian Scientists at the Forefront of the Lighting Revolution
Dr. Artūras Žukauskas meets Queen Elizabeth II during her visit
to Vilnius University last October 2006
Dr. Artūras Žukauskas, a scientist from Vilnius University in Lithuania, has shared the recently announced IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award for the paper entitled "Solid-State Lighting: Towards Superior Illumination", published in the Proceedings of the IEEE in October 2005. His fellow author is Dr. Michael Shur, from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, USA.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the largest scientific society in the world with over 300,000 members, a transnational society based in America. The Proceedings of the IEEE is the leading journal published by
Book published by Dr.Žukauskas
and co-authors
the IEEE and the IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award is a major award of the IEEE, presented for the most outstanding survey, review, or tutorial paper published in any of the journals and magazines the IEEE.
Solid-sate lighting, using light emitting diodes (LED’s), is the new revolution in lighting technology. With LED lighting sources just now becoming commercially available, the future is likely to see a change in the technology of lighting as profound, as that which occurred when solid-state transistors replaced vacuum tubes in electronics. Lithuanian scientists have been at the forefront of this technology, with Dr. Žukauskas’ group at Vilnius University very active in this area.
Artūras Žukauskas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1956. He has been at Vilnius University since 1979, where currently he is the director and chief researcher at the Institute of Materials Science and Applied Research and a professor in the Department of Semiconductor Physics. In 2000-2001, he was a visiting scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of near 200 papers and presentations at conferences and the co-author of the book "Introduction to solid-state lighting", Wiley, 2002, very highly regarded as an authoritative text in the field. His fellow authors are Michael Shur and Remis Gaska, who is also Lithuanian. This book has now been translated into Chinese.

Further information:  Institute of Material Science and Applied Research