The Last Word In Business

Oct 19, 2012
Originally published on October 23, 2012 12:03 pm



And our last word in business today is: Ovonics. That's the science of using thin materials to capture the power of the sun. It's named after Stan Ovshinsky, who died on Wednesday at 89 years old.


He held hundreds of patents that changed the way we use and gather energy. Ovshinsky never went to college, but that didn't put a damper on his passion for science. His son told the Associated Press that his dad was determined to change the world.

MONTAGNE: And he did. Among the technologies made possible by his inventions: the batteries in hybrid cars, flat-screen monitors, rewritable CDs and DVDs, and the solar-powered calculator. And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.