Stanford R. Ovshinsky

1922 - 2012

Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Stanford Robert Ovshinsky (November 24, 1922 – October 17, 2012) was an American engineer, scientist and inventor who over a span of fifty years was granted well over 400 patents, mostly in the areas of energy and information. Many of his inventions have had wide ranging applications. Among the most prominent are: an environmentally friendly nickel-metal hydride battery, which has been widely used in laptop computers, digital cameras, cell phones, and electric and hybrid cars; flexible thin-film solar energy laminates and panels; flat screen liquid crystal displays; rewritable CD and DVD discs; hydrogen fuel cells; and nonvolatile phase-change memory.Ovshinsky opened the scientific field of amorphous and disordered materials in the course of his research in the 1940s and 50s in neurophysiology, neural disease, the nature of intelligence in mammals and machines, and cybernetics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stanford R. Ovshinsky has received more than 89,512 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 317th most popular inventor.

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Among inventors, Stanford R. Ovshinsky ranks 317 out of 323Before him are Richard Pearse, Almon Brown Strowger, Roger C. Field, Dean Kamen, Marc Andreessen, and Elizabeth Holmes. After him are Arunachalam Muruganantham, Jarkko Oikarinen, Tony Fadell, George Hotz, Jack Andraka, and Simone Giertz.

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Among people born in 1922, Stanford R. Ovshinsky ranks 286Before him are Kai Winding, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, John B. Anderson, Bert I. Gordon, Audrey Meadows, and Joan Caulfield. After him are Len Lesser, Gale Storm, and Paul Laxalt. Among people deceased in 2012, Stanford R. Ovshinsky ranks 350Before him are Alexander Dale Oen, Jerry Nelson, Homai Vyarawalla, Elizabeth Catlett, António Leitão, and Kenny Rollins. After him are Miguel Calero, Erik Rhodes, Johnny Lewis, Thomas Kinkade, Jonathan Frid, and Ajmal Kasab.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Stanford R. Ovshinsky ranks 9,275 out of 12,171Before him are Lynn Whitfield (1953), Ken Page (1954), Deron Williams (1984), Alex Kendrick (1970), Skylar Grey (1986), and Kevin A. Ford (1960). After him are Lauryn Williams (1983), Ghostface Killah (1970), St. Vincent (1982), Tim Montgomery (1975), J. C. Chandor (null), and Susan Saint James (1946).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Stanford R. Ovshinsky ranks 83Before him are Peter Cooper (1791), Robert S. Langer (1948), Robert Metcalfe (1946), Almon Brown Strowger (1839), Dean Kamen (1951), and Marc Andreessen (1971). After him are Tony Fadell (1969), George Hotz (1989), and Jack Andraka (1997).