Brandeis University | Waltham, Massachusetts
For his creative synthesis of theory and experiment demonstrating that tilted, layered liquid crystal phases of chiral molecules are ferroelectric, thus launching both fundamental scientific advancement in the field of soft condensed matter physics and the development of liquid crystal displays that meet the demands of current technology.
Robert Meyer's seminal theories and ground-breaking experimental confirmation of the behavior of ferroelectric liquid crystals is not only a scientific tour de force, but also a potential source of huge economic payoff in terms of advanced, high speed, high resolution, color displays for portable electronic devices.
Robert Meyer received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1965 and 1970 respectively. He began his career at Harvard, with visiting professorships at Chalmers Institute of Technology in Goteborg, Sweden and Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris in Paris, France prior to joining the faculty of Brandeis University in 1978.
Dr. Meyer was awarded the Joliot Curie Medal of the City of Paris and the Special Recognition Award from the Society for Information Display, among others. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
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