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The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Benjamin Gross

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book traces the origins of the modern flat-panel display industry to the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), where an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers created the first liquid ... More


A World of Screens

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book begins at the 1968 press conference where the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) announced the creation of the first liquid crystal displays and provided the earliest description of that ... More


An Invisible Monument

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Less than a decade after introducing the world to the LCD, RCA sold its liquid crystal operation to Timex. Today the company no longer exists, and its contributions to the flat-panel display industry ... More


Archaeology in the Laboratory: Artifact Conservation

John R. Bratten (ed.)

in Florida's Lost Galleon: The Emanuel Point Shipwreck

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780813056760
eISBN:
9780813053523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056760.003.0006
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

Much of the archaeological work was conducted in a specialized laboratory for the cleaning, consolidation, and stabilization of waterlogged materials. During these treatments, recovered objects were ... More


Today’s Awe-Inspiring Design, Tomorrow’s Plexiglas Dinosaur: How Public Aquariums Contradict Their Conservation Mandate in Pursuit of Immersive Underwater Displays

Stefan Linquist

in The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226538327
eISBN:
9780226538631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226538631.003.0028
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

Aquarium designers strive, on the one hand, to provide visitors with an immersive underwater experience that simulates an authentic wilderness encounter. On the other hand, most aquariums also ... More


A Fumbling Prelude, 1956–1966

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Flat-panel display research continued at RCA after David Sarnoff’s golden anniversary dinner, funded by royalties the company collected from its radio and television patents. After a federal ... More


Scattered Origins, 1961–1968

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter describes the origins of the liquid crystal display project at the David Sarnoff Research Center (DSRC). The discussion focuses on two members of RCA’s technical staff: physical chemist ... More


Disruptive Displays, 1968–1971

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Contrary to the optimistic predictions presented at its 1968 press conference, RCA’s dynamic scattering LCD prototypes were not ready for the marketplace. Liquid crystal display fabrication remained ... More


The Changing of the Guard, 1969–1976

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In September 1971, Robert Sarnoff—David Sarnoff’s son and successor as chairman of RCA—announced plans to divest his company’s commercial computing operation. The resulting staff and budget cuts left ... More


Advertising elusiveness

Graeme D. Ruxton, William L. Allen, Thomas N. Sherratt, and Michael P. Speed

in Avoiding Attack: The Evolutionary Ecology of Crypsis, Aposematism, and Mimicry

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780199688678
eISBN:
9780191868498
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199688678.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics, Animal Biology

Elusiveness signals are given by prey during the close approach of a predator, acting to inform the predator that the prey would be difficult to catch and subdue, and, therefore, that an attempt to ... More


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