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Daniel Ross received his Bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1955 from Swarthmore College. In June of 1959 he was awarded the Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His graduate research dealt with the mechanism of elimination reactions of various aliphatic amine derivatives. In 1959, Dr. Ross joined the Research Division of the Polaroid Corporation where he was active in the synthesis of a wide variety of photographically active compounds, azo dyes, and aromatic compounds. In January 1964 he joined the Materials Research Laboratory at RCA Laboratories where he worked on organic laser materials and investigations of the chemistry of organic derivatives of the rare-earth metals. This work resulted in the discovery of a means to increase the efficiency of europium chelate lasers by nearly 50 % through the use of an isotope effect. Dr. Ross has directed and coordinated work on the interaction of laser radiation with organic materials for the RCA Graphic Systems Applied Research Laboratory, and on the exposure of photosensitive materials to cathode ray tube illumination. In 1968 he received an RCA Achievement Award for his work on photochromic materials.
Dr. Ross is presently Head, Organic Materials and Devices Research. In this position he has been responsible for investigations of novel materials and processes for electron-beam recording, liquid-crystal display research, photoresist materials and processes for kinescope fabrication, organic materials for high-resolution information recording, polymer chemistry, investigations of the flammability and toxicity of materials involved in television receiver manufacture, and basic studies of the interaction of organic materials with electro-magnetic fields and radiation. In addition to these responsibilities, during 1976-77, Dr. Ross led a task force of over 50 research scientists and production engineers in the development and implementation of a complex set of coatings for video discs.
Dr. Ross is a member of the Chemical Society (London), The Society of the Sigma Xi, and The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is listed in American Men and Women of Science.
- RCA 1978 Company Biography
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