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Submission + - Stanford Ovshinsky, hybrid car battery inventor, has died (bbc.co.uk)

another random user writes: Stanford Ovshinsky, a self-taught American physicist who designed the battery now used in hybrid cars, has died aged 89 from prostate cancer.

The electronics field of ovonics was named after Mr Ovshinsky, who owned over 200 patents and has been described as a "[Thomas] Edison of our age".

He introduced the idea of "glass transistors" in 1968, which paved the way for modern flat-screen monitors.

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Stanford Ovshinsky, hybrid car battery inventor, has died

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