Obituary: Klaus Praefcke

I would like to inform the community of of the sad news that Klaus Praefcke died in Berlin on the 20. November 2013, aged 80. Klaus Praefcke was Professor for organic chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin until 1998.

Ingo Dierking

Photo courtesy of Andreas Eckert, TU Berlin.

August issue of LC Today out

The August 2013 issue 22(2) of Liquid Crystals Today is now online on the Taylor&Francis website.

Obituary: Stan Wrobel

It is with sadness, that I inform the community of the untimely passing away of Stan Wrobel on the 13th of September 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He will largely be missed by family, friends and colleagues.

A great loss to the society: Prof. George Gray FRS has left us

George at 80

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Liquid Crystals is, and remains, the most integrated and multidisciplinary field of research in Physical Sciences, where every two years we gather, Physicists, Chemists, Biochemists, Biophysicists, Theoreticians, Simulators and Engineers to discuss our latest research. On Sunday, we lost one of our greatest pioneers, George Gray, who gave us the material 4'-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl, or 5CB or K15…… A material that became the workhorse of so many research studies, and the stable nematogen that underpinned the rapid growth of commercial LCDs. 

His seminal contributions have influenced us all no matter what our scientific discipline, and the ensuing technological developments have affected all of the peoples of the world. However, those of you who knew George will remember him as a friend and colleague to so many, young and old, within our community. We are forever grateful to George for his seminal contributions to the field and will greatly miss his immense knowledge, his enthusiasm for science, his warmth and love of life.

John Goodby

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Liquid Crystals Today is currently offering free access to all its content! Visit www.tandfonline.com/tlcy to read articles, book reviews, news and conference reports dating back to Volume 1 (1991) when the journal first began.
Liquid Crystals Today is the society’s journal newsletter. Submissions to the journal are most welcome and should be sent to the Editor, Dr Ingo Dierking, who is also on the British Liquid Crystal Society committee for 2013.