Stanford R. Ovshinsky

prolific American inventor and scientist

Stanford Robert Ovshinsky (November 24, 1922 – October 17, 2012) was an American inventor and scientist.[1] He had well over 400 patents over fifty years. Most of these were in the areas of energy and information.[2] Many of his inventions have had many uses. Among the most important are:

Stanford Robert Ovshinsky
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Stanford R. Ovshinsky, August 2005
Born(1922-11-24)November 24, 1922
DiedOctober 17, 2012(2012-10-17) (aged 89)
OccupationAmerican inventor, scientist, and entrepreneur
    • Norma Rifkin (m. c. 1943 – c. 1959 (divorce))
    • Iris Ovshinsky (m. c. 1960–2006 (her death))
    • Rosa Young (m. c. 2007–2012 (his death))


  1. Inventor, solar innovator Stanford R. Ovshinsky dies at 89
  2. Avery Cohn, "A Revolution Fueled by the Sun," Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies (Spring 2008): p. 22.
  3. "The Edison of our Age?" The Economist, December 2, 2006, pp. 33–34.
  4. Hellmut Fritzsche and Brian Schwartz, Stanford R. Ovshinsky: The Science and Technology of an American Genius (Singapore: World Scientific, 2008), p. 1.