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