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Stanford Ovshinsky dies at 89; inventor founded new field of electronics
Stanford Ovshinsky dies at 89; inventor founded new field of electronics

Stanford Ovshinsky was not a household name like Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein, but he was often compared to them, for good reason. He invented the nickel-metal hydride battery, which has powered high-tech items such as cellphones, laptop computers and hybrid cars. He created paper-thin solar panels potent enough to work on a cloudy day and cheap enough to be produced in sheets a mile long. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2012 He founded a whole field of electronics that earned him a mention in dictionaries (see "ovonics") and led to such marvels of modern life as the flat-screen TV. Ovshinsky, who never went to college yet transformed the alternative energy, information and...

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