- 89 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 24, 1922
- Place of birth:
Akron, Ohio, United States
- Date of passing: Oct 17, 2012
- Place of passing:
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States
Stan passed away peacefully at home on October 17, a month short of his 90th birthday. His wife Rosa, children Ben, Harvey, Dale, Robin, Steven, Angela, Vicki, and grandchildren Natasha, Noah, Sylvie, Pablo, Olivia, Norah, and brother Herb grieve the loss to the world of our deeply loved husband, father, grandfather, brother and outstanding contributor to humanity. His courage and leadership from the early days of the labor, civil rights and peace movements, continued in his lifelong dedication to a just society for all.
Universally credited with the development of the field of amorphous semiconductors, Stan was a brilliant, self-educated physicist and inventor, who with Rosa and his late wife Iris, lived his beliefs daily by using science and technology to create a more beautiful and better world. His many inventions including thin film solar panels, the nickel metal hydride battery which enabled hybrid vehicles, and phase change memory devices are examples of his pioneering contributions to the field of sustainable energy and innovative information technology.
Private burial will be at the Workmen’s Circle Cemetery in Akron, Ohio on Sunday, October 21.
Donations in Stan’s honor can be made to:
ACLU of Michigan
Attention: Paul Jeden
2966 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
The Ovshinsky Student Fund
c/o Darlene Logan, Director of Development
The American Physical Society
1 Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
(Ovshinsky Student Fund is listed with Special Projects)
We invite you to contribute stories, memories and photos of Stan to this site.
"Stan was my great uncle My grandmother was his sister.I miss him deeply with all my heart.Life has been hard Im trying to get use to the fact I cant pick up the phone and talk to him.I feel a little better knowing he is with Iris his sister and both of his parents.I love him so much I will never forget everything he has done for me never.WITH ALL MY LOVE DANI"
"I often reflect on the dedicatory words written by David Adler on his photo which hangs on the wall in Stan's home study along with those of other great scientists/friends such as Linus Pauling and I. I. Rabi:
"To Stan, who taught me how to live, and how to think, and made it possible for me to do both". The loss of this great man, my father, is incalculable."
"Here I go again, but the world day by day is CONFIRMING Stan's(and his team-Iris-Rosa- others) GENIUS. History hadn't totally firmed up before his passing. But We All (for the good of mankind) should carry forward that GENIUS!! We read daily the probs with Lithium batteries,Chevy Volt/Fisker Electric/A123/LG CHEM/Boeing the success of MICRON with PCM,Solar cells @ grid parity. TX STAN"
"To the man who inspired me the minute i saw him on the Huel Howsers show drinking a glass of alge water,I just learned of his passing now and the second I did, I can only say I felt a loss to the planet and felt my hear drop and said"Oh no".I can only hope that someone with half his passion and intelligence will pick up the ball"
"As a young guy on Phase-Change Memory, I always benefit from the most important cornerstone on PCM from Sir Ovshinsky. He is real great man in science and modern technology. We will miss him forever and work further on PCM following Stan in future. Rest In Peace !"
"“It is hard to find words to express the grief of loosing Stan. I grew up as a scientist on his patents and papers back in the early 1970s. I owe him so much. Stan was a brilliant scientist, a great inventor. He leaves a legacy that is meaningful.
May your soul rest in peace, Stan.""
"I was lucky to meet Stan in person at EPCOS conferences in Europe several times. He always brought excellent and visionary type lectures. I admired him very much as a scientist and as a kind and supportive human being. I wish him peaceful rest."
"Stan was a great pioneering scientist and inventor, as well as a warm-hearted and caring man. He was an inspiration to me and to many many others. He is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed by me personally and by all in the phase-change scientific community. May he rest in peace.
C. David Wright"
"Stan"s mother and my father were brother and sister, therefore Stan was my first cousin. My mother always called him "My nephew the genius" long before the world came to know him. I remember him as the big brother of Herb, who was my childhood playmate. I have read the tributes to Stan, and how many lives he touched. I feel blessed that Stan was in my life. Cousin Esther'l"
"Thank you for develop the NiMH battery for the world.
(Sorry for my english is not good.)"
"Stan accepted me as a trainee in ECD in 1983 after I finished Ph. D thesis. It was a great experience to work as a part of the ECD family. Last summer, I saw Stan and Rosa for the first time more than ten years. Stan was very passionate to talk on his research topics. My wife and I were encouraged a lot. It is unbelievable to hear such sad news. I believe his will be eternal."
"Stan lives on: through his inventions as demonstrated in his work and through colleagues; through his values as transmitted to his children, grandchildren and friends; through his thoughts and conversatios through acquaintances and even those who met him briefly and were stimulated by what he said and did (as we all were). As long as he is remembered-and he will be remembered-he lives on."
"I am truly at a loss for words to describe Stan's influence on me.Thank you for 23 memorable years at ECD."
"Stan led an exemplary life. He was an inspiration to all who met him and he will continue to be an inspiration long after his passing. My condolences go out to his entire family. Rest in Peace, Stan. Thank you for everything!"
"Stan will be long remembered by all of us as one who was very polite and active man, who devoted all his life to inventions and science, to service of mankind. We regard it as an honor and privilege to have known him personally and he will be remembered with gratitude by all of us. Thank you Stan and rest in peace.
M. Frumar and colleagues from University of Pardubice, Czech Republic"
"You changed the world and inspired me, thank you."
"Stan was one of my idols. We could talk science, we could talk Workmen's Circle, we could talk making this a shenere un besere velt far ale (a better and more beautiful world for all). Stan's ideals shone in everything he did. I will miss him, the Workmen's Circle will miss him, the world will miss him.
"I have received enlightened ideas and teachings about amorphous materials and how they work in batteries. I will miss a great mentor. Thank you Stan!
"หลับให้สบายนะครับถึงเวลาพักผ่อนของท่านแล้ว ท่านผู้เจริญด้วยมานะ อุตสาหะเพื่อประโยชน์ของส่วนรวม"
"Ovinsky Over Sky Forever
"You are best in creation many thing for this world.
Thank you and I never forget you, Rest in peace."
"Stan was the best. He treated us all like we were family. I remember him stopping a tour of VIPs and comming over to ask me how I was doing and how the family was. I will never forget him. Rest in peace old friend."
"RIP Stan the Man !
Please, please will everyone in the world stop saying that Stan invented the NiMH battery for hybrid cars ! He invented the NiMH battery for pure EVs which if the development had continued would be giving over 300 miles of pure electric drive today and still can. He offered GM a 201mile range battery for EV1 in the year 1994 !!"
"From Richard felixson
My father was Jack Felixson
Thanks to Nancy Felixson I’m getting to know about my Fathers family.
Sadly I didn’t have the opportunity to know Stan.
But I’m very proud to know that in some small way I was part of his family.
"My sincerest condolences to the entire Ovshinsky family."
"I woked for Stan from 1969 thru 1974. Even though it’s a short five years; but he has redirected my “political compass” for all my life. I remember in one of the May Day parties in his house, he remarked “We socialists should enjoy life just like the capitalists." The world will miss a true man of renaissance and compassion."
"On behalf of the American Physical Society, please accept our condolences. Although I did not know Stan personally, I have heard of his wonderful relationship with the Society as a fellow, author in our journals and generous contributor to APS philantropic endeavors.
Our thoughts are with you. Kate Kirby, Exec Officer, APS"
"My sincere condolences to the Ovshinskys family and friends. Stan's striking life and his achievements will be always remembered and will ispire people. He was my light for many years and this light of his will never fade."
"Accept most sincerest condolences on behalf of the friends from Moscow Power Engineering Institute."
"My sincerest condolences to the entire Ovshinsky family. Stan was an incredible human being that touched many lives. He will be forever remembered as a man who changed our world. Rest in peace Stan.
"My father, Robert Felixson, was Stan Ovshinsky's first cousin. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Stan on a few occasions when he visited Los Angeles. Of course, I had heard stories about him from my dad when I was growing up ... and I learned more about Stan's amazing work in creating a better world, environmentally and functionally, thru his use of technology. A true visionary!!"
"Stan, a brilliant man, recently I talked with Stan about mass energy storage and how important it is to our future, I can only say WOW finally a man that understands and in-visions things as I do. Thank you Stan and family for changing our world. Your contributions in energy technologies will greatly influence the world and every day life, long in to our future. God Bless you"
"I would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family on behalf of the Mattox family.First Max Powell and now Stan.Two guys with perfect smiles!!!!. Farwell guys.
John & Brenda Mattox"
"I only met Mr. Ovshinsky twice, but just these two times were enough for me to understand what an extraordinary person he was. For me he was an incredible scientist and a remarkably kind person, and for many others he was so much more. You will be remembered forever."
"We wish to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Ovshinsky family, friends, and colleagues for the loss of Stan, truly a great man, that mankind gets once in a very long while.
Huseyin, Hulya, and Buke Hiziroglu"
"I first met Stan 41 years ago, with my brother in law Ben Webster. it was during the financing for ECD.
We met in Canada, outside by a magical lake property, still owned by my family. Stan became a partner in our "lake retreat" where it has been a long and happy relationship.
My condolences to the whole family, we will miss him."
"Mr. Ovshinsky has been a fixture in our lives and a true friend of the family, in addition to a great role model and inspiration for science and society. I would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family on behalf of the Sapru family and the late Dr. Krishna Sapru
- Raj Sapru"
"I'm so saddened to hear. I didn't know Stan well but he always greeted me with a smile and often thanked me for being part of ECD's staff. I always admired the respect he received as it was for the utmost respect and kindness he showed to us. His legacy will forever go on.. Stan, you will be missed by millions. Pretty amazing. Give Iris a hug from us. Peace to Rosa and family."
"Stan has given me new ideas to work on for the past 27 years and they are going to continue keeping me busy for the next 40! He was truly a man way ahead of his time."
"I didn't know Mr. Ovshinsky, but I smile thinking about him, knowing that occasionally the Universe pops out that "one person" that Bucky spoke about: <Never forget, no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about.>"
"Working with Stan & Iris on battery programs for electric vehicles for over 30 years resulted in a friendship of hugs. I am honored to have known them and saddened to see Stan's passing knowing that heaven is now an even better place."
"It is impossible to find words to express the grief of loosing Stan. I grew up as a scientist on his papers back in the 1970s and for the last several years I had a great honour and privilege of being his personal friend. I learned so much from him and I owe him so much. Stan was a brilliant scientist, a great inventor and a wonderful human being. May your soul rest in peace, Stan."
"The world is a better place for having a person like Stan in it. He worked hard to make it better for all of us. He will be missed by many."
"Stan was a generous and warm person, a true visionary. I was fortunate to work for ECD as a consultant. I will always remember Stan with warmth and gratitude."
"First and foremost stan was a kind,loving,human being,he defined humanity. Beyond that he defined science(amorphous state of matter) who until his vision denied this reality even from til then the greatest mines of our time could not capture. Any time with Stan was very special for everyone. I will never forget a 3 hr lunch he invited me to join him and Dr.Edward Teller. The AHAH moment."
"Stan was in a class by himself; a great inventor, motivator, leader and above all a true friend for he NEVER acknowledged anyone anything but a friend...
30 years ago this day on October 18, 1982 he gave birth to Ovonic Battery Company and trusted be with reins of the newly formed company; he was a mentor a guiding light and an amazing human being...I will miss him sorely..."
"The world has lost a true leader in the scientific community and a genuine, caring soul. His death is a pivotal point in defining the end of an era of self-made men. Stan was also a very generous man, speaking to my students several times since the 1980's and as keynote at Lawrence Tech's SOS2010 Sustainability Conference. My students loved him. He was my hero. We will all miss him."
"Stan was a great humanitarian, a true mentsh.
Koved zayn ondenk.
"Whenever i have to make difficult or important decistions, I follow Stan's advice " Do the right thing". It is a great and simple guide, but quite often it requires great deal of thinking and efforts.
"Dearest Ovshinsky family,
We are so sorry to hear of Stan's passing. Growing up, hearing stories about Stan from both our uncle Dombey and our own mother and father, we got a sense of what a truly remarkable man Stan was. Reading all these tributes today we see it even more.
Our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with you all.
Love, Tegan and Beverley Webster"
"I was saddened to hear about Stan's passing.I feel Privileged to have known Stan and his late wife Iris during the time of hair cuts at their house,i was treated like a family ,may god rest you in peace.
for ever love you both
"A life well lived with passion, honor, determination, creation, and immense courage.
Stan enriched all of us by his kindness and example in fully living his authentic life."
"He was a wonderful person to talk with. I was at ECD for 28 years. It was never like going to work. It was like going to college forever. The people there were always teaching and learning new things and trying to make the world a better place. He had a very positive impact on my life. God Bless you Stan and thanks for the road we traveled."
"I feel very fortunate to have worked with Stan. Stan and his family will be in my prayers."
"Stan makes us smile both outside and inside. That's the way it is."
"Had the privilage of Stans mentoring in my early years to the pleasure
of working with and consulting for ECD throughout my adult career.
Loved my time at the McMath-Hulbert Observatory where I had my studio/thinktank/laboratory.Bless him!"
"I was shocked and saddened to learn of Stan's passing. He had such a strong personality and so much energy you felt that he would live forever, but he leaves a legacy that will long outlive him. I feel privileged to have known Stan and to have worked for him. My thoughts go out to Rosa and all of Stan's family."
"My condolences to Stan's family and friends. The world has lost a brilliant and accomplished man. And, a kind and caring man. I thoroughly enjoyed my years at ECD with Stan at the helm. May he rest in peace."
"How many like me? How many lives forever touched? Young minds shaped and mentored? Values sharpened? Clarity and direction. Encouragement and admonishment. Inspiration and Example. When a philosopher learns that it is science, technology, and knowledge that changes the world, the lesson sticks. Through Stan I got connected to generations ... past and future. Thanks Stan."
"Stan is the rarest of men - a brilliant inventor, an extraordinary leader and a genuine humanitarian. Very few people in all of human history have made the contributions to technology and to helping humanity find the right path forward. Stan Ovshinsky will be greatly missed but will remain with us in spirit forever. David Stevenson"
"My deepest condolences to the family and to everyone that is a part of Stan's wonderful life. Stan's mentorship, spirit, and his example for life will always be remenbered. His life changed mine forever.
God bless you and peace be with your spirit.
"So many memories of Stan, Harvey, Ben and all. Stan used to take us to his shop on Saturdays, we'd play with the tools, ride the little tractor and then go to the deli. He was always so fun to be around, he treated us like people not children.
What a life, what accomplishments. I truly am sorry for the families loss."
"I never met Mr. Ovshinsky but have the pleasure of working with his grandson. He sounds like the type of person this country and world need more of. What an interesting person."
"The Department of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital wishes to express its condolences to the family of Stan Ovshinsky."
"It is a dark day for the planet !!! No words can do him justice. My thoughts go out to his family. Peace be with you my friend !"
"Stan came to Lake Orion Middle School on career day in the 80's when I was just a student, and I remember him showing us some amazing things that he was working on. He helped inspire my life-long love of science and our natural world. He has changed us all and been a most positive influence in the world. Thank you for all that you gave us, Stan."
"I have known Stan for over 30 years working him on various challemging scietific projects. His scientific intuition and his tireless drive to solving problems have been inspiration to me. His caring, supportive and warm personality will be missed by me and my wife. Our thoughts are with his family at this time of sorrow."
"I've followed Stanford R. Ovshinsky because of his brilliance and concern for the future the of the planet. He loved cars and wanted to bring them more into harmony with the world. The electric car was a dream for him and a reality that is eminent. His contribution to this world will be felt by future generations that will breathe cleaner air. I will remember him always for this."
"Stan has been a dear friend of my father, Umberto Colombo, who has joined him in ECD for many years. We had the chance of meeting a few times here in Italy and in the US and have remained in touch when my father has passed away in 2006. I could appreciate how a great person he was. Many condolences to Rosa and to the whole family also on behalf of my mother Milena
"Stan had the remarkable ability to convey a Vision for his technology that made every person in the room walk in its new world as if it had already happened. Every home and factory powered by solar with efficient battery storage, distributed electrical power in every village, no more wars fighting for oil, reducing the impact of poverty, He and his dreams will be missed."
"Well that’s it, TDG was advanced, let’s forget about the rest. You live on in space-time so, see you tomorrow or yesterday as you like. By the way, change my chance battery I think it’s a bit flat, especially on R-3 SSTM, it would be a great adventure. Sorry for the change up on health, I even got twins, imagine. Friendly yours."
"The World, and personally myself, are better because of Stan. I believe, Stan worked toward creating a world of boundless energy, without borders and of one Human race. Within ECD we had this - imagine the world living as we luckily did at ECD. Stan will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
"I know that our family was proud that my father Sam worked with Stan for many years, first in Ohio and then in Michigan. We send our condolences to his family. The world is a poorer place for his loss."
"I've known of Stan since high school. I distributed a newspaper in high school published by son Harvey--"The Fifth Estate". Years after I was an invited guest speaker presenting on Comet Halley at the Institute for Amorphous Studies (est. by Stan) . A great person whose contributions in so many areas are immeasurable.......He will be sorely missed."
"Stan was an amazing man that positively influenced a lot of Science, and People as well. I thank him for the honor and pleasure of knowing him, and the opportunity to be a part of the ECD Family.
My sympathy to his Family, they and Stan are in my thoughts and Prayers."
"It is very sad we lost Stan. He gave me so much of spirit in my life. I worked with him more than 35 years since I met him at his home just before I joined ECD. He had strong charisma and I learned so many things from him. I wish I could meet him in person before he went to far away. Thank you Stan for everything you did for me. I will never forget."
"Stan is the ultimate visionary. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Stan, as well as the entire ECD family.
"I am saddened that I never got to meet him in person. It was through PBS Scientific Frontiers with Alan Alda that I learned of Mr. Ovshinsky and that he and I lived so close to each other. I had such a desire to meet him. I am forever inspired.
Rest in peace. James Farr"
"What a loss. Stan has had a great role to play in molding the lives of many of us. He was kind, gracious, warm, caring, considerate and always had his doors open to all of us. Brightest man I ever met in my life. Will really miss him. My condolences to the entire family."
"I met Stan many times while working at United Solar. He was a great person and it was a privilege to know him. I am sure he will be missed by many. May he rest in peace.
Kim Irwin Pollock"
"Stan's boundless energy and his passion for life and for science served as an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to have known him. The world has lost one of its great scientists, but his spirit lives on."
"I had the privilege of meeting Stan while at ECD. A great man and it was an honor to serve him."
"Thank you for sharing your quietly brilliant light with humanity, Mr. Ovshinsky."
"Stan succeeded in helping to change the world in many ways, both with science and his love of people. I won't forget listening to his own, very special perspectives on his favorite projects. He inspired me and many others to consider new kinds of questions, with which to gain personal insights. A long and wonderful life! Excellent example, Stan! Thank you."
"Nearly my entire career was spent with ECD/United Solar. Both my wife and I owe so much to Stan. His generosity and his compassion for humankind and the world were second to none. The world has suffered a great loss with his passing.
"I met Stan only once, but he left an indelible impression of someone who was operating on a very high level, with passion, intelligence, freedom of thought, leadership, dedication, and enlightenment. He felt like a grandfather and reminded me of Thomas Edison."
"Stan was a great leader, teacher and inspiration to all of us fortunate enough to of worked with him. He will be greatly missed."
"Stan was a great man, the world will shine a little brighter because of him, Stan was like a father to all of his people, if Stan only had two dollars in his pocket he would spend one of them to advance the world towards green energy and peace, god bless you Stan."
"Stan was a remarkable, innovative and amazing human being. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to know him. His Passion for our world will live on and it is a better place because of him. God bless his family at this time. You will be missed dearly Stan."
"Many condolences to the family, freinds and co-workers. It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to work for ECD...Stan...we can only hope for more innovators such as yourself."
"Stan’s Ovonic Battery company introduced me to the Battery world and groomed me with immense knowledge which I applied to all my future endeavors. Without Stan’s vision I would not be the same person as I am today. May his soul rest in peace.
Sudhakar Inguva, General Motors"
"My condolences to all the family, friends and co-workers of Stan. He was literally a one in a billion creator, innovator and entrepreneur. More importantly he was a wonderful human being. I will miss him. May his soul rest in peace.
"Yes he was like a father to me also. I was with ECD for almost my entire working life, until just this very year. I owe that all to Stan and his commitment to better this world. I learned most of my engineering skills while being a part of ECD and Stan's dreams. he will be missed greatly and it's my prayer that the Lord will grant him peace."
"Stan wrote an op ed piece for the Fifth Estate around 1966. That writing left a permanent impression on me. For anyone who thinks that all engineers are cold and uncaring, Stan proved daily that such an idea is not true. His ability to think across all disciplines to create for the betterment of humankind earns him a place in history with the greats. His ideas will endure."
""Very few people have the chance to be associated with a great man like Stan in life. I am one of the lucky ones. His passion for science and society inspires me for the rest of my life and he will always live within my heart""
"I never got to tell you this, but "Thank you Stan", for the best 25 years of my life-the time I spent at ECD. May the Good Lord give you peace."
"It was an honor to have known and worked for Mr. Ovshinsky he was a great person. He will be greatly missed.
Mary Martin Burns."
"Thank you Mr. Ovshinsky for your service to all of us!"
"I met Stan in 1971 when I first joined ECD. Being able to be a part of the ECD family was a unique experience spearheaded by Stan's and Iris's drive committement, and principles. I worked with Stan on three different occasions and He taught me a lot. He provided not just an environment for technological development but also one for human development. May he rest in peace."
"I have known Mr. Ovshinsky for the past 32 years. He has been a great mentor for me always encouraging any scientific idea and trying to get the best out of people who worked with him. Will miss him greatly.May his soul rest in peace. Venkatesan"
"He was like a father to me. He taught me all I know. I will miss him an awful lot. May he rest in peace.
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