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Stanford Ovshinsky, 'Edison of our Age,' Dies at 89

Posted October 19, 2012 5:50 AM
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From CNET:

Stanford R. Ovshinsky, a self-taught scientist who invented the nickel-metal hybrid battery and a new class of semiconductors, died Wednesday at age 89.

The cause of death was prostate cancer, according to his son, Harvey Ovshinsky.

Hailed in 2006 by Economist magazine as "the Edison of our age," Ovshinsky held more than 200 patents on a wide variety of pioneering products, from thin-film solar cells to hydrogen fuel cells. In the 1950s, Ovshinsky upset conventional thinking by rejecting the notion that only well-ordered crystals had useful electronic properties and suggested that so-called amorphous, or disordered, materials could be harnessed to construct semiconductors.

In 1960, he and his wife, Iris, formed Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) to develop his discovery -- dubbed "Ovonics" -- to the fields of information and energy.

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10/19/2012 10:08 AM

Well, I find such comparison detrimental for Mr. Ovshinsky, just compare how Edison treated employees and competitors, what he did to Tesla and how the achievements of both were put to make profit for whom ?.

He shouldn't be regarded as an Edison II, but as Stanford R. Ovshinsky I.

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10/19/2012 10:54 AM

Yep. I would not want to be compared to Edison either. Rude, greedy, selfish, and ego driven.

Very few of the things he is credited for he actually invented. The hundreds of people he employed or outright stole the ideas from are the real inventors.

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10/19/2012 4:20 PM

His policies subsisted well and alive to our days, I know for sure, since I worked for the company he founded and they were distributed to all technology related employees.

Here is one of them, more or less: "All achievements, developments and inventions made by one of our employees, in the company time and/or with its resources, becomes automatically the intelectual property of the corporation".

A scheme I woudn't be surprised that others had copied.

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