Merck Researcher Pohl Inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Research

30-Oct-2014 - Germany

Merck announced that its former liquid crystals researcher Ludwig Pohl (82) has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Research.

"Without the work of Ludwig Pohl and his colleagues, flat-screen televisions, tablet PCs and smartphones would have hardly been possible. And without liquid crystals, Merck would have been an entirely different company. Today we are the global market and technology leader in liquid crystals," said Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Executive Board of Merck, in his laudatio during the ceremony for Pohl. "With Ludwig Pohl, we are today honoring a researcher worthy of merit, a passionate scientist, and a visionary who fought for his ideas with persistence and tenacity."

As a department head at Merck, Ludwig Pohl was a driving force of the development of liquid crystals and their application possibilities from the 1960s to the 1990s. Innovative energy-saving liquid crystals produce sharper images in flat-screen televisions, notebooks, tablet PCs and smartphones. In flat displays and intuitively operated touchscreens, they enable convenient mobile communication. For more than 40 years, Merck has been driving the development and application of liquid crystals, and as a liquid crystal manufacturer, is today the uncontested global market leader.

The German publication "manager magazin" launched the Hall of Fame of German Research in 2009. Each year, it recognizes two scientists whose life work has not only advanced Germany's position as a research location, but also enhanced the future prospects of Germany as a place to do business.

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