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George Heilmeier dies at 77; scientist helped develop LCD technology
George Heilmeier dies at 77; scientist helped develop LCD technology

George Heilmeier, who as a young scientist led the team that created liquid crystal displays, paving the way for flat-panel displays for computers and television sets, has died. He was 77. He died of a stroke April 21 at the Medical Center of Plano, Texas, according to his daughter, Beth Jarvie. Heilmeier ran leading-edge technology programs at Dallas-based Texas Instruments Inc. and was chief executive at Bellcore Corp., the Morristown, N.J.-based research and development unit of the regional telephone companies formed by the 1984 breakup of ATT. In the 1970s, he worked at the Pentagon on projects including space lasers and stealth aviation. LCDs, first popularized in wristwatches and...

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