Honoring the History of Light-Based Technology
On May 16, 2020, UNESCO will host the 3rd annual International Day of Light — a global initiative that recognizes the important role light plays in science, culture and art, education, sustainable development, and in diverse fields such as medicine, communications, and energy.(3)
May 16th is a significant date because it is the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman. Today, lasers are everywhere — in research labs, medical clinics, supermarkets, just to name a few places. They are also used regularly for manufacturing automobiles and plastics. The invention of the laser is a perfect example of how a single scientific discovery can positively impact society beyond its original scope in healthcare, engineering, communications, and many other diverse fields.
Despite the current global challenges that we are facing, light-based technology is providing efficient and affordable solutions across many different sectors. Light science is without a doubt impacting virtually all areas of our lives, and that’s why we’ll hope you’ll celebrate International Day of Light with us.
For continued reading, click here for additional articles about leveraging healthier light for healthier living.