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The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett


This is the first full-length biography of the prolific inventor Stanford R. Ovshinsky (1922-2012). Ovshinsky’s discoveries led to the creation of many important information and energy technologies, from phase-change electronic memories and rewritable CDs and DVDs to nickel metal hydride batteries, thin-film solar panels, and flat panel displays. In the process, his work helped open a new scientific research area centered on amorphous and disordered materials. A brilliant, self-educated pioneer of materials science, Ovshinsky began his career as a machinist and toolmaker before becoming an ind ... More

Keywords: Ovshinsky, amorphous and disordered, materials science, energy conversion, independent inventor, climate change, alternative energy, Energy Conversion Devices (ECD)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037532
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lillian Hoddeson, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Peter Garrett, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign