1. The proposer must be aware of the existing IEEE Milestone for Liquid Crystal Display (RCA) 1968 Princeton, NJ, U.S.A., dedicated on 30 September 2006. This proposal just doesn't look right: it duplicates, overlaps with, and spoils it for the IEEE Milestone already awarded for work by RCA.
Somewhere in the Wall Street Journal, I read that George Heilmeier gave credit to Sharp's great works by saying “I think you need to give the credit to the people who persevered and worked on LCDs for 25 years. I don’t spend too much time wringing my hands about it, but I have a lot of satisfaction knowing we had the same vision in the 1960s.” George Harry Heilmeier is an American engineer, a pioneering contributor to displays and is credited with the of LC-Display. Now George may not be able to spend time on this, but this proposer and members of the IEEE History Committee have work to do, trying to mesh these great work together.
2. Plaque Location: No IEEE plaque should be mounted in a private collection or in a company museum behind closed doors that requires the public to make an appointment. Mount the plaque outdoors or in the lobby.
3. The writeup says that Sharp has 'milestones' in their company collection and that the world’s first mini calculator resides somewhere at the British Science Museum in London. All this corporate advertising should be removed from GHN records.
1. Thank you for pointing out shortfalls of my proposal for Milestones; I had thought by myself I fully understood and congratulated RCA team led by G.H. Heilmeier for being awarded Milestones: Liquid Crystal Display, 1968, as I was one of 13 members of project team S-734 Tenri LCD group at SHARP Corporation, which mass-produced Liquid Crystal Display, 1st in the world in 1973, mounted on C-MOS minicalculator, whose operation mode was Dynamic Scattering Mode, among various LCD operation modes developed afterward, Heilmeier and his team worked on and proposed in 1968, though. I all the more admire and respect RCA team to have come to know about its pioneering efforts and work after I read History Crystallized: A First-Person Account of the Development of Matrix-Addressed LCDs for television at RCA in the 1960s by Bernard J. Lechner: Information Display 1108 27.
Sharp 14-inch thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) for TV for Milestone proposal was press-released 1988: 15years after LCD was mass-produced 1st in the world. In those 15 years, LCD had established itself as the essential part of a series of new products: C-MOS minicalculators, LCD wrist watches, Nintendo games, personal information devices, word processors and lap-top and note PCs to cite a few, excluding TVs. These products had not been put on the market without LCD to meet the people's needs in accordance with the change of their activities based on key words: mobile and large information content, and LCD and those products were common knowledge of all the people, young and old, men and women, in 1988, I thought. So, my shortfalls may be: First, I thought LCD in 1988 was so common a knowledge of the people, and there is no need to be explained referring to the great achievements by RCA team. Second, I had not explained TFT-LCD; which is an active matrix LCD driven by TFTs provided to every display dot to achieve larger contrast ratio and smaller response times, and different from conventional passive matrix LCDs. Any modification proposals on my original proposal would be very much appreciated to make my original proposal better understandable.
2. Plaque Location: I think Sharp museum is quite open to the public, and Plaque would be better kept and well protected than kept elsewhere.
3. I would like just to give the information for better understanding of the milestone proposal, and corporate advertising is not my intention at all. Any modification to this effect is all welcome.