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The Liquid Crystal Institute was established in 1965 by Glenn H. Brown. In
the Institute's first years, researchers discovered the LCD twist cell. This
discovery led to advances in cell phones, laptop computers, wrist watches, and
flat screen televisions. Grants from agencies including the National Institutes
of Health, the National Science Foundation, and U.S. defense agencies have resulted
in the Institute being selected in 1990 by the National Science Foundation as
part of a consortium to serve as Ohio's only Science and Technology Research
Center. The Institute also provides instruction in chemical physics for graduate
and doctoral students who desire to focus their studies on liquid crystals.
This collection consists of miscellaneous materials produced by and about the
Institute. Documents include booklets, clippings, conference papers, and reports.
Most of the collection is comprised of undated photographs depict faculty and
students conducting research, or working in their offices. Most of the photographs
appear to date from the 1980's. Notable documents include proposals submitted
to the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Materials will be added to the collection on a continual basis.