Martin SchadtOnline since: 2013/04/09 - Last update: 2013/05/28
Working for Hoffmann-LaRoche, in 1970 Swiss physicist Martin Schadt created the world’s first flat-panel liquid crystal display, better known as LCD. Schadt's technology has paved the way for a wave of low-energy mobile devices, such as tablet computers and mobile phones, now used by millions of consumers worldwide: In 2012 alone, electronic manufacturers produced more than 40 million LCD TVs using his technology.
Yves JongenOnline since: 2013/04/09 - Last update: 2013/05/28
An engineer at the Catholic University of Leuven and later entrepreneur, Yves Jongen (BE) can be credited with making proton therapy – which targets cancerous tumours more precisely and with less side effects than conventional X-rays – available to a growing number of patients around the world. The smaller and more affordable proton-generating device he invented (the “cyclotron”) has already helped more than 96 000 patients and counting.
Sophie WilsonOnline since: 2013/04/09 - Last update: 2013/05/17
Without the processors built by Sophie Wilson (UK) in her career spanning 35 years, the development of affordable personal computers and mobile devices would be unthinkable. Her ARM processor drastically improved processing speed and slashed energy consumption. The descendants of her original chip now power 95% of the world's smartphones and a great number of other electronic devices.