Benjamin Gross

Benjamin Gross

Research Fellow

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Benjamin Gross studies the dynamics of corporate R&D and the American consumer electronics industry. Before joining the staff of the Institute for Research, he received CHF’s Charles C. Price and Cain fellowships. A graduate of Princeton University, his dissertation, which he is revising for publication, explored the development of the first liquid-crystal displays by scientists and engineers at the Radio Corporation of America.

As a research fellow at CHF, Gross has been involved in a variety of projects related to the history of materials innovation, most recently a case study reconstructing Eastman Chemical’s efforts to commercialize Tritan, a new BPA-free plastic. He has also taught undergraduate courses on the history of innovation at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently serving as the lead curator of Innovations That Changed the World, a new exhibition of artifacts drawn from The Sarnoff Collection at the College of New Jersey that considers RCA’s numerous contributions to the history of electronics. Before attending graduate school Gross earned an undergraduate degree in history from Yale University and taught physics and chemistry in Philadelphia’s public schools as a member of Teach for America.

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