A pioneer of liquid crystal display technology, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, passed away Friday. He was 74. Everyone should turn off their LCD for one minute as a tributeآ…well, after you read this.
De Gennes, who was 74, won the 1991 Nobel Prize for Physics for groundbreaking work in liquid crystals and polymers, for which some of the judges accorded him the accolade of "the Isaac Newton of our time." He died on Friday.