Benjamin Gross’s research focuses on the history of corporate innovation and the American electronics industry. A graduate of Princeton University, his dissertation, “Crystallizing Innovation: RCA and the Emergence of the LCD, 1951–1976” (2010), explored the development of the first liquid-crystal display devices by scientists at the Radio Corporation of America.

From 2009 to 2015 Gross served as a research fellow in the Beckman Center and the Institute for Research. During that time he worked on a variety of projects, including a book on the history of the Radio Corporation of America, publications on the commercialization of Tritan, oral-history interviews, and public discussions of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Distillations.

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Weird Electronics: A talk with Ben Gross

The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) creates vinyl records that play video, and a subversive scientist covertly ruins an RCA technical report. Hear about the odd discoveries historian Ben Gross has made through his research on the development of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) at RCA.

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