Benjamin Gross

Benjamin Gross

Cain Postdoctoral Fellow

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Benjamin Gross is the 2012–2013 Cain Postdoctoral Fellow at CHF. His research focuses on the history of corporate innovation and the American electronics industry. A graduate of Princeton University, his dissertation, “Crystallizing Innovation: RCA and the Emergence of the LCD, 1951–1976,” explored the development of the first liquid-crystal display devices by scientists at the Radio Corporation of America. In the fall of 2011 Gross joined the staff of CHF’s Center for Contemporary History and Policy, where he wrote a case study reconstructing Eastman Chemical’s efforts to commercialize Tritan, a new BPA-free plastic. His latest project, “The Electrician’s Toolkit,” will examine the production of circuit components, such as resistors and capacitors, during the first half of the 20th century and the extent to which those manufacturing practices served as a model for the newly emergent semiconductor industry.

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