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Fri October 19, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:03 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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.