Dr. Wolfgang Helfrich
Dr. Wolfgang Helfrich Draper Prize
Professor, Free University of Berlin
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Awards
Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering
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Biography

Wolfgang Helfrich, while at RCA, set up a theory of conduction-induced alignment of nematic liquid crystals as a first step towards a theory of dynamic scattering. In 1970 he joined Hoffmann-LaRoche where he and Martin Schadt began their cooperation.

Afterwards he accepted a professorship at the Free University of Berlin. Since then his theoretical and experimental research centered on fluid bilayer membranes and their vesicles.

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Awards
  • Draper
  • 2012
  • Engineering development of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) that is utilized in billions of consumer and professional devices.