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World & Tech Milestones

Maxwell’s Equations

In 1865, James Clerk Maxwell published the “second greatest unification in physics” since Newton.
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The First Laser

Theodore Maiman built the first working laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation).
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The Invention of the Telephone

Alexander Graham Bell sent the first voice message over a telegraph wire in 1876.
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The Modern Lightbulb

Thomas Edison (the man with 1093 patents) demonstrated the first practical lightbulb in 1879.
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Radio Waves are Real!

In 1886, radio waves were transmitted and received for the first time by Heinrich Hertz.
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The World’s Smallest Computer

The Michigan Micro Mote is a fully autonomous computing system that acts as a smart sensing system.
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The First All-Electronic Computer

The Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer was the first large-scale computer to run at electronic speed.
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HP + Silicon Valley

Bill Hewlett and David Packard finalized their partnership in January 1939 after supplying oscillators to Disney.
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The Invention of LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK surgery came about thanks to ultrafast femtosecond lasers, the direct result of Michigan research.
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Human Computers

“Human computers” were often utilized in order to solve mathematical problems and process data.
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The First Terahertz Tech in Space

The NASA Center for Space Terahertz Technology pioneered the development of Terahertz antenna arrays.
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The Radio is Invented

In 1896, at the age of 22, Guglielmo Marconi first demonstrated wireless transmission by radio.
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The Early History of Microprocessing

ECE alum Lee Boysel and his team created the first single-chip CPU microprocessor.
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Emmett Leith: Modern Holography

Leith made holography a reality, stunning the world with his holographic train in 1964.
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Michigan’s First Materials Center

Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials focuses on controlling light interactions with matter.
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Sponsored Research to the Midwest

Department Chair William Gould Dow was responsible for bringing industry- and government-sponsored research to Michigan.
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First in Quantum Dots

Prof. Battacharya was instrumental in early understanding of the tiny semiconductor particles called quantum dots.
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First in Wireless Integrated Systems

The first Research Center in Wireless Integrated Microsensing and Systems forged advances in many fields.
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IEEE formed from AIEE and IRE

In 1963, two organizations merged to form the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE.
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The Transistor

John Bardeen, William Shockley and Walter Brattain invented the transistor in 1947.
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The Michigan Probe

Extremely accurate probes us a variety of technologies to make mapping the brain with light possible.
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NASA is formed

Department Chair William Gould Dow was a charter member of the group responsible for its founding.
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