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Liquid Gold: The Story Of Liquid Crystal Displays and the Creation of an Industry [Hardcover]

by Joseph A. Castellano

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January 10, 2005 9812389563 978-9812389565
This book traces the history of liquid crystal display (LCD) development from simple laboratory samples to the flat, thin LCDs that have become an important part of everyday life, appearing in television screens, computers, cellular phones, as well as numerous other consumer and industrial products. It provides insight into how these products were developed and what might be expected in the future. This account is a personal, in-depth look at the evolution of a high-technology industry from the eyes of the author, who watched it grow from inception to ubiquity for over nearly forty years. The story that is told in this book goes beyond the technical details and into the ideas, visions, struggles, and ambitions of the scientists and engineers who made it possible. In addition, the diverse field of LCD technology encompasses not only electronics but also physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, marketing, and sales. Consequently, this book will be of interest to physical scientists from several disciplines as well as engineers and students.

Contents: The Early Years; Discovery; The Gathering; The Secret Years; Going Public; New Explorations; Enter the Japanese; Risky Business: Spin-Offs and New Ventures; Silicon Valley Calls; An Industry in Transition; View from the Sidelines; The Elusive Transistor; Television Arrives; The Personal Computer Revolution; Coming of Age; Competition from Other Flat Panel Technologies; Into the Future.


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Joseph A. Castellano was born in Brooklyn, New York where he attended Brooklyn Technical High School. He received a BS degree from the City College of New York (CCNY) as well as MS and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the Polytechnic School of New York University(formerly the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn). He began his professional career in 1959 as a research chemist developing industrial chemicals and rocket fuels. In 1965 he joined RCA Laboratories and performed pioneering research in liquid crystal materials and devices as part of the team that developed the world's first liquid crystal display (LCD). He founded Stanford Resources in 1976 and as CEO helped grow the company into a world leader in research and analysis of the electronic display industry. After arranging the sale of the company to iSuppli Corporation (now IHS) in 2000, he retired in 2002. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 scientific/technical papers, two books and 12 U.S. patents. He continues to be active in several international scientific associations and helps teach eighth-grade physical science as a volunteer and ACS Science Coach. He has three children, Joseph, Thomas and Laura as well as four grandchildren, Kristen, Kelsey, Amanda and Jennifer Barretto.


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