Major Accomplishments of KIST Over Its 40-Year History. Since its foundation over 40 years ago, KIST has remained faithful to its role as a comprehensive research institute supporting Korea's interests and has made active contributions to the growth of the nation's industrial base through advancements in science and technology. A review of its major accomplishments through the years offer a peek into the most significant events in its history.

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Project Name Contributions to the electronic communication industry
Year 1960 Director

In cooperation with the Battelle Memorial Institute in the U. S, KIST conducted a review in 1966 of the state of Korea’s industry in over 16 fields. The results suggested that given the unique conditions of the electronic industry and Korea’s overall environment, Korea could expect a promising future in that industry and that Korean research institutes, including KIST, should offer support for the industry. In 1968 KIST carried out an investigation entitled “An investigation into the electronics industry and related areas for growth” (led by Jeong Man-yeongand set up an eight-year plan for the development of the industry. In 1971, for the first time in the nation’s history, KIST succeeded in developing a color TV set using a semiconductor integrated circuit (by Son Seong-jae). In addition, it developed many other new technologies and transferred them to the industry. Serving as the base for the growth of Korea’s electronic communications industry, those technologies included a table- and pocket-sized electronic calculator (Ahn Byeong-seong, 1971), an electronic telephone exchanger (Ahn Byeong-seong, 1974), a microwave FM radio (Son Seong-jae, 1975), a liquid crystal display (LCD) and LCD-based electronic watch (Ahn Byeong-seong, 1976), and a Hangeul computer terminal (Seong Gi-su, 1976).


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