Inventor of hybrid car battery inventor dies

  • Stanford Ovshinsky, a self-taught American physicist who designed the battery used in hybrid cars, has passed away at the age of 89 from prostate cancer.

    The electronics field of ovonics was named after Ovshinsky, who owned over 200 patents.

    Ovshinsky, described as a "(Thomas) Edison of our age", introduced the idea of "glass transistors" in 1968, paving the way for modern flat-screen monitors.

    He and his first wife Iris later went on to set up a firm called Energy Conversion Devices.

    The firm specializes in manufacturing the nickel-metal hydride batteries he designed, which are still used in hybrid vehicles.

    Ovshinsky had no formal education after high school and claimed to have taught himself science in the public libraries of Ohio where he grew up.

    He is survived by his second wife Rosa, seven children and six grandchildren.