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

Benjamin Gross


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 crystal displays (LCDs) during the 1960s. It situates the development of the LCD alongside earlier attempts to produce a replacement for the television picture tube to examine how industrial researchers shaped corporate R&D strategy. Reconstructing the trajectory of RCA’s liquid crystal program reveals how chemists, physicists, and engineers mobilized their professional expertise to secure support ... More

Keywords: consumer electronics, flat panel displays, industrial research, innovation, LCD, liquid crystal displays, liquid crystals, Radio Corporation of America, RCA, television

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226519975
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Gross, author
Linda Hall Library