Symposium to commemorate 50 years of LCD Research

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 09:45

Thursday, June 7th 2018, 10.00 – 16.00 Prince Philip House, Royal Academy of Engineering, London


Symposium to commemorate 50 years of LCD Research

Thursday, June 7th 2018
10.00 – 16.00
Prince Philip House, Royal Academy of Engineering, London

On Tuesday, 28th May 1968, at their headquarters in the Rockefeller Building in New York, RCA announced the world’s first Liquid Crystal Display, based on the work of George Heilmeier and his team. Although RCA were to drop the R&D programme a few years later, this announcement stimulated researchers in the UK and Japan to instigate their own LCD research programmes, research that directly led to the success of the LCD seen today. This special event will include speakers involved in those early events, as well as those currently researching the next generation of LCD and related display technologies.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Cyril Hilsum, CBE, FRS, FREng. Chief Scientist at RSRE who set up collaboration between RSRE, Hull and BDH that led to the world’s first room temperature liquid crystal, and was instrumental in using amorphous silicon for TFT in LCD.

Martin Schadt, Inventor of the Twisted Nematic Display that created the industry, as well as making fundamental contributions to photo alignment. 

Peter Raynes, FRS.  Made many of the key early inventions  in LCD at RSRE, including the rules for producing wide temperature LCs, defect free alignment of the TN and the Supertwist Nematic LCD.

Phil Bos, Inventor of the pi-cell LCD and major contributions to non-display applications of LC, notably in the field of liquid crystal lenses and adaptive optics; long standing member of the Glenn Brown Institute at Kent, Ohio.

Henning Sirringhaus, FRS.  Pioneer of Organic TFT for display applications, and founder of Plastic Logic and Eight19.


10.00  Arrival and Coffee

10.30  Introduction:  Cliff Jones, FREng

10.40  The start of the revolution: Cyril Hilsum, CBE, FRS, FREng

11.10  From the TN to the modern LCD: Martin Schadt

11.40  Why are LCs so useful for displays: Peter Raynes, FRS

12.10  OFT and the route to flexible LCD: Henning Sirringhaus, FRS

12.30  Lunch / Exhibition

13.30  Novel LC Modes and applications: Phil Bos, Liquid Crystal Institute ,Kent State University

14.00   The History of LCD Development in Sharp: Paul Gass, Sharp Laboratories of Europe

14.30  The Future of Liquid Crystals:  Mark Verrall, Merck 

15.00  Displays for the retail sector: Guy Bryan-Brown, DisplayData

15.20  Reflective LCD: John Rudin, Folium Optics

15.40  BOE OLED strategy and business plan, Jikai Yao, BOE

16.00  Reflective displays using SRD: Peiman Hosseini, Bodle Technologies

16.20  Coffee



Refreshments and Lunch will be provided. An exhibition will also be held, including demonstrations from our sponsors.

Symposium, lunch and exhibition: Early Discount Registration:

SID Members £60. Non-Members £80. Student and concessions £50.

Approx. 30 remaining available places, so please register and pay to confirm in order to avoid disappointment.

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