Milestones Jun. 4, 2007


NO ONE HAD HEARD of LCD television in the late 1960s, when Nobel-prizewinning French physicist Pierre-Billes de Gennes began studying liquid crystals, a form with properties of both liquids and solids, now used to create bright, clear displays for TVs and other devices. On awarding the 1991 Nobel to De Gennes, the jury called him the "Isaac Newton of our time." He was 74 and died of unknown causes.

WHERE DID LIFE BEGIN? AS rich as that question has been for scientists, at least one fact is not in dispute. While a graduate student at the University of Chicago, Stanley...

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