Professors Donald L. Bitzer (BSEE ‘55, MSEE ‘56, PhD ‘60) and H. Gene Slottow (PhD ‘64), along with student Robert H. Willson (PhD ‘66), invented the plasma display panel in 1964. Originally conceived as an interactive component of the PLATO educational network, the plasma panel was both a display and a storage device. Each pixel or dot on the screen glowed like a little neon sign. Once a pixel was lit, it stayed lit until the person at the PLATO terminal requested new information from the computer. The plasma display created at Illinois is the forerunner to today’s high-definiton flat-panel television monitors. In recognition of their invention and its importance, Bitzer, Slottow, and Willson received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts in 2002.
Submitted by timekeep on Mon, 2015-08-31 02:37
Jan 05, 1964
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