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The Man Who Saw TomorrowThe Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky$
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Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037532

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.001.0001

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Passion for Machines (1940–1944)

Passion for Machines (1940–1944)

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The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

Lillian Hoddeson

Peter Garrett

The MIT Press

This chapter begins with Ovshinsky’s early work experiences as a machinist and toolmaker, at Akron Standard Mold while he finished high school and continued afterwards at Goodrich Rubber. There he continued to master his craft, but his involvement in labor union activism made him the target of violent hostility from the Goodrich management, leading to a series of job changes. With the entrance of the U.S. into World War II, Ovshinsky tried to enlist but was rejected for both health and political reasons. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Norma Rifkin, he moved to Arizona, where while working in a Goodyear aircraft plant he became intent on going into business for himself and began planning an innovative lathe, his first major invention.

Keywords:   machinist, toolmaker, labor union, Goodrich Rubber, Goodyear aircraft

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