International Day of Light - 16 May.

The International Day of Light is celebrated on 16 May each year, the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman. This day is a call to strengthen scientific cooperation and harness its potential to foster peace and sustainable development.

International Day of Light: Significance

The International Day of Light celebrates the role light plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The celebration will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – building the foundation for peaceful societies.

International Day of Light: History

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially established the International Day of Light on December 20, 2017. This significant day was created to mark the anniversary of a groundbreaking scientific achievement—the successful operation of the laser by physicist and engineer Theodore Maiman on May 16, 1960. Since its inception, the International Day of Light has grown into an annual global event that emphasizes the significance of light-based technologies and their influence on society.

Source: www.unesco.org


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