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Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:22 AM

Inventor, solar innovator Stanford R. Ovshinsky dies at 89

Source: Detroit News

October 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm
Inventor, solar innovator Stanford R. Ovshinsky dies at 89
By Dale Buss
Special to The Detroit News


Inventor and solar technology innovator Stanford R. Ovshinsky died Wednesday evening at the age of 89, but not until he had seen the commercial establishment of a technology revolution that he helped launch in his Detroit laboratory more than a half-century ago.

Ovshinsky died peacefully at home in Bloomfield Hills after ailing from prostate cancer, said his son, Harvey Ovshinsky. There will be a private burial in Akron, Ohio, where Ovshinsky was born.

Best known nationally as a hero of the electric-car movement, Ovshinsky also is credited with discovering in the late 1960s what became known as the "Ovshinsky effect" — the principle that described how glass can be engineered to conduct electricity.

He predicted then that the effect could be harnessed to produce smaller desktop computers, cheaper electronics and flat, tubeless television sets that could be hung on the wall like a picture — and did lead to personal computers, inexpensive electronics and flat-screen TVs.



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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:18 PM

1. I'm very sorry to hear this. He was one of the good ones of a generation that

 

accomplished because they could, and got rich along the way.

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Thu Oct 18, 2012, 05:19 PM

2. snip from today's Detroit Free Press...


Ovshinsky, the holder of some 400 U.S. patents and the author of more than 300 scientific papers, died late Wednesday. He was 89.

His inventions formed the heart of solar cells that power buildings and the nickel hydride batteries that run cameras, laptops, and cell phones.

But he openly derided the notion that he should get rich off his work, preferring instead to tackle the biggest problems imaginable, like using new energy devices to head off global warming.


“We are using science and technology to solve serious societal problems,” he said during a 2002 interview. “We have committed ourselves and dedicated ourselves to that…. All the other things are ephemeral, not important to me. We’re not after huge monies or power. If we don’t get recognition, that’s OK, too. We’re not after the plaudits or the prizes. We’re after doing what we said we were going to do: make a difference and build a better world.”

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http://www.freep.com/article/20121018/NEWS08/121018054/Stanford-Ovshinsky-death-solar-cells?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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Response to Bozita (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 05:44 PM

3. Wow. Not in it for the money...

... but to make a difference and build a better world.

I doubt we'd even be using money anymore if everyone had that goal.

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