George H. Heilmeier joined RCA in 1958 where he discovered the dynamic scattering- and a guest-host electro-optical effect in liquid crystals. After serving as a White House fellow at the U.S.
Department of Defense, he was appointed Assistant Director for Defense Research and Engineering, Electronic and Physical Sciences. From 1974 to 1977, Heilmeier was the director of the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA).
He then became senior vice president and chief technical officer at Texas Instruments.
Heilmeier later served as the president and CEO of Bellcore, and eventually as chairman and chairman emeritus.