Revisiting History – How LCD TV-The World's Current Number One TV Technology-Came About


We all know that the world's number one TV technology today is none other than the LCD TV. The technology used by its competitors known as Plasma and DLP are all left far behind.

Today, LCD TV demands have rapidly grown worldwide. The LCD TV's expanded technology makes it the most up-to-date in high definition televisions today. It can even be compared with the technologies used by that of IBM and DVD. However, have you ever wondered how this number one TV technology came about?

The technology of LCD was discovered by an Austrian scientist named Friedrich Reinitzer. Friedrich Reinitzer discovered the properties of liquid crystallization more than 80 years ago in 1888. Later on, George Heilmeier, who was an Electrical Engineer from the University of Pennsylvania, made the first efforts of utilizing the process of liquid crystallization for commercial products. Besides being an Electric Engineer, Heilmeier also held MA, MSE, and PhD's in several fields of Solid State Electronics. All of these achievements he garnered from Princeton University. In the RCA Laboratories, he worked with Richard Williams, Lucian Barton and Louis Zanoni. He also worked with Joseph Catellano, Nunzio, Luce and Joel Goldmacher. During his work at the RCA Laboratories, he experimented one by one with different molds and worked with the different liquid crystallization methods. The work he performed at the RCA eventually became stepping stones in shaping the LCD TV technology as it is being used today.

But before the method of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) was applied to be used on televisions, there have been several stages of experimentation with the LCD technology.

In the RCA laboratories during the time of George Heilmeier, there were a lot of experiments done using liquid crystals. As a result of these several experiments, George Heilmeier and his team found …