Faculty Book: Brian Schwartz
Hellmut Fritzsche and Brian Schwartz, eds.
The Science and Technology of an American Genius: Sanford R. Ovshinsky
(World Scientific Publishing, 2008)
Despite his lack of formal training, the self-taught inventor, scientist, manufacturer and entrepreneur Stanford Ovshinsky successfully competed with well-funded educational and industrial establishments to leave a legacy of brilliant innovations—from the phase-change memories of rewritable CDs and flash drives to the Ni Metal hydride batteries which power electric and hybrid vehicles. The Science and Technology of an American Genius: Sanford R. Ovshinsky highlights the inventor’s achievements and explains the essence of each of his pioneering ideas and inventions and their implications. A selection of Ovshinsky’s seminal publications is also included, along with a list of his patents for each subject category. A model for entrepreneurs, Ovshinsky always sought to gain a deep understanding of the science underlying his inventions, and was known for his perseverance and ability to attract and inspire talented collaborators. Brian Schwartz is at the GC as professor of physics and vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs.
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Submitted on: OCT 9, 2008