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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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New Love, New Company

New Love, New Company

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(p.253) 12 New Love, New Company
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The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
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Lillian Hoddeson

Peter Garrett

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.003.0013

Though overwhelmed by Iris’s death, at 84 Ovshinsky was not yet done with life and invention, nor was he ready to stop working towards solving urgent social problems like climate change. He found a new love in the physicist Rosa Young, who had been a colleague for over twenty years. In 2007 they married and began a new life together. Ovshinsky also wanted to resume the research efforts that had been terminated with his ouster from ECD. With Rosa’s encouragement, he devoted his own savings to starting a new company, Ovshinsky Innovation, where he pursued his characteristically ambitious ideas for building a gigawatt machine, a solar panel production plant whose vastly increased capacity would, he believed, at last make solar power “cheaper than coal.”

Keywords:   Ovshinsky, Rosa Young, climate change, Ovshinsky Innovation, gigawatt machine

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