Science on Tap: Ben Gross, “The Men behind the Screens: RCA and the Origins of the LCD”

Science on Tap

Date: June 9, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.

National Mechanics
22 S. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
RSVP Online: No Registration Required

Science on Tap is a monthly science café in Philadelphia for anyone interested in getting together with other people to discuss a range of engaging science topics. It is held the second Monday of (most) every month.

Located at National Mechanics, a relaxed, convivial bar in Old City, Science on Tap features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way, while also meeting new people. Come join the conversation!

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.

About the Speaker

Ben Gross is a research fellow at CHF. He studies the dynamics of corporate R&D and the American consumer electronics industry. Before joining the staff of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy, 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.

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