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The Men Behind the Screens: RCA and the Origins of the LCD

  • Jun 9, 2014 · 5:45 PM
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Everyone has heard about liquid crystal displays. These thin electronic screens are found in our televisions, laptops, and smartphones. We rely on them to consume information and communicate with each other.

But what exactly are liquid crystals? Who figured out they could be used in displays? And why did RCA—the company that oversaw their invention—never succeed in commercializing them? In this talk Ben Gross will provide a “behind the screens” tour of the science and history of the LCD.


Speaker: Ben Gross, Ph.D. is a research fellow at CHF in the Center for Contemporary History and Policy.


Host organization: 

Chemical Heritage Foundation Library, Museum, and Center for Scholars

This place gets really packed. So, if you don't come by 5:30, you may have standing space only. Sorry cannot hold onto seats since people do get pushy about open seats. Talk starts at 6pm.

Looking for additional hosts to volunteer. All you need to do is get there by 5:20 so you can corner some seats.


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  • Paul L.

    Superb dynamic coverage of a complex topic

    2 · June 10, 2014

  • Girish

    Enjoyable talk by a historian of science. Good tie back to the local history if RCA and LCD technology.

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • David K.

    Excellent! The topic was really interesting, and the presenter one of the best I've seen. Extremely knowledgeable in his work, a good teacher to as he kept us engaged without going over everyone's head, and he did it with humor. I would definitely go to another presentation given by him. And the question/answer period was very good.

    2 · June 9, 2014

  • Girish

    At our usual spot in the back benches. Large meetup sign on wall above.

    June 9, 2014

  • Girish

    Our group will be to the immediate right of main entry doors. We have a lot of signups between the groups and the place is already crowded, so if folks come early we can split the group and we could try to get/hold some seats up front. We can still get together for a post presentation talk in our usual spot.

    June 8, 2014

    • Jaimie L

      I'm bringing a guest and I won't be able to come early to save seats as I'd planned.

      June 9, 2014

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