The presence of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) marks the advances in mobile phones and television development over the last few decades. Japanese companies were the first to commercialize passive-matrix TNLCDs and, later on, high-resolution activematrix LCDs.Prof. Shunsuke Kobayashi has made essential contributions to Japan's prominence in LCD development throughout this period. He is well-kwn t only for his own groundbreaking research, but also for the training of many prominent figures in the display industry, both in Japan and in other countries.This book brings together many prominent researchers in the field of liquid crystal science and techlogy, to share with us the key developments in LCD over the last few decades. It comprises of five categories - from basic physics and chemistry of liquid crystals, to detailed descriptions of alignment techlogies, wide viewing angle techlogies, LC optics, and display applications.The Slottow-Owaki Prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the education and training of students and professionals in the field of information displays. This year, the award recipient is Dr. Hoi-Sing Kwok, SID fellow and professor at Hong Kong University, for providing education and training in display techlogy to many students and professionals in Asia through the creation of a display research center at the Hong Kong University of Science and Techlogy.