George H. Heilmeier Engineer

George Harry Heilmeier (born May 22, 1936) is an American engineer and businessman, who was a pioneering contributor to liquid crystal displays. Heilmeier was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and his M.S.E., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in solid state materials and electronics from Princeton University. In 1958 Heilmeier joined RCA Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey, where he worked on parametric amplification, tunnel diode down-converters, millimeter wave generation, ferroelectric thin film devices, organic semiconductors and electro-optic effects in molecular and liquid crystals. In 1964 he discovered several new electro-optic effects in liquid crystals, which led to the first working liquid crystal displays based on what he called the dynamic scattering mode (DSM). Heilmeier spent much of the 1970s in the United States Department of Defense. From 1970-71 he served as a White House Fellow and special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, performing long-range research and development planning.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 22nd, 1936
United States of America
Date of death
April 22nd, 2014 at age of 77
Places lived
United States of America , United States, with Territories
pop. 316,128,839 (2013)


1. Stevens Institute of Technology Colleges/University

Stevens Institute of Technology is a technological university located on a 55 acres (220,000 m) campus in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA – founded in 1870 with an 1868 bequest from Edwin A. Stevens. It is known for its engineering, science, and technological management curricula.

Type Private school
2013. 156 mil. $
2010. 134 mil. $
Institution colors
Castle Point On Hudson, 07030 - Hoboken, New Jersey
2013. 2,691
2010. 2,369
2009. 2,240
2013. 3,412
2010. 3,260
Acceptance rate
2013. 38.0 %
2010. 42.0 %
Local tuition
2014. 44.2 K $
2010. 38.4 K $
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People attended Stevens Institute of Technology connected by profession and/or age

b. 1917., Engineer
b. 1931., Politician
b. 1941., Writer
b. 1932., Academic
b. 1940., Electrical engineer
b. 1941., Organization leader
b. 1940., Author
b. 1936., Writer

2. University of Pennsylvania Colleges/University

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. It is also one of the Colonial Colleges. Incorporated as The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn is one of 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities.

Type Private university
2013. 7.7 bil. $
Institution colors
3451 Walnut Street, 19104 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013. 10,319
2011. 11,678
2010. 11,940
2009. 12,010
2013. 11,025
2012. 13,047
2010. 13,067
Acceptance rate
2014. 9.9 %
2012. 12.3 %
2011. 12.4 %
2010. 12.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 45.9 K $
2010. 36.2 K $
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b. 1833., Engineer
b. 1945., Engineer
b. 1890., Engineer
b. 1919., Engineer
b. 1940., Professor
b. 1938., Economist
b. 1936., Music Director
b. 1938., Professor

3. Princeton University Colleges/University

Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States.

Institution info

Type Private university
2013. 17.7 bil. $
2011. 17.1 bil. $
Institution colors
1 Nassau Hall, 08544 - Princeton, New Jersey
2013. 5,323
2012. 5,336
2011. 5,249
2010. 5,142
2009. 5,069
2013. 2,691
2012. 2,674
2011. 2,610
2010. 2,582
Acceptance rate
2014. 7.28 %
2013. 7.29 %
2012. 7.4 %
2012. 8.5 %
2010. 8.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 40.2 K $
2012. 39.5 K $
2010. 36.6 K $
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People attended Princeton University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1937., Engineer
b. 1952., Engineer
b. 1913., Engineer
b. 1949., Engineer
b. 1938., Mathematician
b. 1938., Philosopher
b. 1932., Astronaut
b. 1940., Academic


Company Founded Positions
RCA Laboratories
Other people associated with RCA Laboratories
Other people associated with Bellcore
Electrical engineer


1.Liquid-crystal display LCD

A liquid-crystal display is a flat panel display, electronic visual display, or video display that uses the light modulating properties of liquid crystals. Liquid crystals do not emit light directly. LCDs are available to display arbitrary images or fixed images which can be displayed or hidden, such as preset words, digits, and 7-segment displays as in a digital clock. They use the same basic technology, except that arbitrary images are made up of a large number of small pixels, while other displays have larger elements. LCDs are used in a wide range of applications including computer monitors, televisions, instrument panels, aircraft cockpit displays, and signage. They are common in consumer devices such as dvd players, gaming devices, clocks, watches, calculators, and telephones, and have replaced cathode ray tube displays in most applications. They are available in a wider range of screen sizes than CRT and plasma displays, and since they do not use phosphors, they do not suffer image burn-in. LCDs are, however, susceptible to image persistence. The LCD screen is more energy efficient and can be disposed of more safely than a CRT.

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Awards won

2012 Charles Stark Draper Prize

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
for their contributions to the development of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technologies.
National Academy of Engineering
Wolfgang Helfrich

1999 John Fritz Medal

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with

1997 IEEE Medal of Honor

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
for discovery and initial development of electro-optic effects in liquid crystals
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

1991 National Medal of Science for Engineering

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
For his major contributions to the technological competitiveness of the United States and the cause of national defense.


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