Dr. Larry F. Weber received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1969, 1971, and 1975, respectively.
He started his career in plasma displays as a student of plasma display inventors Prof. Donald L. Bitzer and Prof. H. Gene Slottow. From 1969 to 1990, he conducted research on plasma displays at the University of Illinois Computer-based Education Research Laboratory, where he became Director of the Plasma Display Research Group and attained the rank of Research Associate Professor. In 1987, he became a founder of Plasmaco, Inc., Highland, NY, which acquired from IBM what was then the world’s largest plant for manufacturing plasma displays. He served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Plasmaco, Inc., from 1987 to 1993. In 1993, he became President of Plasmaco, Inc. Under his leadership, Plasmaco, Inc., became a wholly owned subsidiary of Panasonic in 1996. He was the President and CEO of Plasmaco, Inc., from 1996 until his retirement in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 he served as the President of the Society for Information Display. He has published over 40 papers and holds 15 patents on plasma displays including the patents for the energy recovery sustain circuit that cuts plasma TV power by a factor of 2, and the ramp setup waveform that gives high contrast ratio to plasma TV products.
Dr. Weber is a fellow of the IEEE and the Society for Information Display (SID). He received two SID Special Recognition Awards for his work on plasma displays. He received the following major awards for his work on plasma displays: the 2000 Karl Ferdinand Braun Prize from the SID, the 2009 Daniel E Noble award from IEEE, and in May 2010 the Consumer Electronics Association announced that he will be inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame.