Prof. Dave Irvine-Halliday: A professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary, Dr. Dave Irvine-Halliday started his endeavors of helping Nepal some 20 years ago and has mentored many researchers of Nepalese origin. During a trek to Annapurna Circuit after setting-up a laboratory at Tribhuvan University, Nepal, in 1997, Dr. Irvine-Halliday was struck by an idea of illuminating homes in the remote mountains with low-energy White Light Emitting Diodes (WLEDs). After series of research and technological quest, he was able to develop a technology with human-powered battery charger, lead-acid battery, and WLEDs. He then founded Nepal Light Project in 1999 along with his wife Jenny using their own personal income and loan and distributed the first sets of lighting systems in May 1999 in Nepal. After seeing the transformative effect of this project, he came back with an idea of “Light Up the WOrld (LUTW)” and, thus LUTW.org was born in year 2000. By introducing a safe, efficient and affordable form of home lighting consuming less than a watt and lasting more than ten years to the poor rural people of Nepal and subsequently of the world, LUTW brought the ability to read and write in the night to the children of rural Nepal. He believes it is the birthright of every man, woman and child on Earth to read and write. He therefore hopes to provide reading and writing materials along with one WLED reading lamp for each home and local school in Nepal.
In 1970, after earning Ph.D. degree from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Dr. Irvine-Halliday moved to Canada, where he worked with Bell-Northern Research in Ottawa, Alberta Government Telephones, Victoria University of Technology in Melbourne, and finally at University of Calgary in Alberta where is Professor of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Irvine-Halliday participated in “Team Everest 2000”, which reached the summit of Everest in May 2000. Recipient of many awards Dr. Irvine-Halliday and his wife Jenny’s lives are devoted to Light Up the World Foundation (www.lutv.org) and are one of the finest friends of the educational and humanitarian causes of the poor and marginalized people of rural Nepal. LUTW is the first humanitarian organization to utilize renewable energy and solid-state lighting technologies to bring affordable, safe, healthy, efficient, and environmentally responsible illumination to people who do not have access to power for adequate lighting. LUTW remains the world’s leader in this endeavor: globally active and setting standards in the field.