Stephen R. Forrest


Stephen R. Forrest
Stephen R. Forrest
Associated organizations
University of Michigan
Fields of study


Stephen Forrest, Richard Friend and Ching Wan Tang have amassed a substantial list of accomplishments in the field of light-emitting diodes. The three Noble Award co-recipients have conducted pioneering research with organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) that has resulted in the development and quick commercialization of flat-panel displays. Their work is present in today’s state of the art high definition televisions and also is beginning to be incorporated in common portable electronic devices. Today, more than 85 companies have brought flat-panel displays to market as a result of the developments driven by these three gentlemen. OLED displays are becoming increasingly popular and also are beginning to replace small liquid crystal displays (LCDs) in handheld electronics such as cell phones, MP3 players and digital cameras because they consume less power, are thinner and lighter and can be made using inexpensive manufacturing processes such as inkjet printing. OLEDs also have exceptional video image qualities that have enhanced the quality of solid-state general lighting.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Forrest is the William Gould Dow Collegiate Professor in Electrical Engineering; Professor in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics; and Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and previously received the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award.