Benjamin Gross

Benjamin Gross is vice president for research and scholarship at the Linda Hall Library. He was previously a research fellow at the Science History Institute and consulting curator of the Sarnoff Collection at the College of New Jersey. His first book, The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA’s Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs, was published in 2018 by the University of Chicago Press as part of the Science History Institute’s Synthesis series. He earned a BA in history from Yale University and a PhD in the history of science from Princeton University.

More from Benjamin Gross

The French Connection

Inventor Charles Babbage drew inspiration from an unusual source for his analytical engine.

A Cloudy Past

Before today’s cell-phone, laptop, and TV screens, there was a whiskey advertisement.

Nikola Tesla sitting under a machine shooting lightening

The Electrical Wizard

Nikola Tesla’s career epitomizes the scientist as showman.

Color illustrations of a donut-shaped space colony

A Future without Limits

For decades serious people have tried to turn the stuff of science fiction—space colonies, self-replicating machines, and solar sails—into scientific reality.

David Sarnoff

The General

David Sarnoff wanted to be a journalist; instead he created commercial broadcasting and helped kick off the color revolution in television.