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LCD pioneer George Heilmeier wins Kyoto Prize

Posted: 15 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Electronics industry pioneer George Heilmeier was awarded the 2005 Kyoto Prize in advanced technology during a ceremony in that Japanese city on Thursday (Nov. 10).

Heilmeier, 69, chairman emeritus of Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) and long-time chief techology officer at Texas Instruments Inc., was honored for his groundbreaking research in the field of liquid crystals and his contributions to the development of liquid crystal displays (LCDs).

As a young researcher at RCA Laboratories in 1964, Heilmeier discovered that an applied voltage could change the color of a dye-doped nematic liquid crystal. The phenomenon, known as "dynamic scattering," ushered in the multibillion-dollar flat-panel LCD industry.

Heilmeier's insights triggered a shift away from cathode-ray tubes and made LCDs ubiquitous in a variety of consumer electronics applications.

Heilmeier earned his PhD in solid-state electronics from Princeton University. Along with heading solid-state device research at RCA, Heilmeier served as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He also held the post of senior vice president and CTO at Texas Instruments. He retired from TI in 1997.

He holds 15 patents.

The Kyoto Prize, the Japanese equivalent of the Nobel Prize, is presented annually for lifetime achievement in advanced technology, basic sciences and arts and philosophy. The prize includes a gold medal and a $425,000 cash prize.

Laureates will convene in San Diego on April 18, 2006, at the fifth Kyoto Laureate Symposium.

- EE Times

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