DETROIT -- Iris Ovshinsky, 79, vice president, co-founder and a member of the board of directors at Energy Conversion Devices Inc., died at home Wednesday night, Aug. 16.
Dick Thompson, public relations manager for the company, confirmed the information. The cause of death was not released. Funeral arrangements are expected to be released later today.
Iris Ovshinsky co-founded Energy Conversion Devices, of Rochester Hills, Mich., with her husband, Stan Ovshinsky, in 1960.
She remained active with the company until her death.
Iris Ovshinsky also served as director and board secretary at subsidiary Ovonic Battery Co. Inc.
She graduated with a bachelors degree in zoology from Swarthmore College, a master's of science degree in biology from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Boston University.
She was an associate member at the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics at the University of Michigan and in 2000 was named Hero of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society.
Iris Ovshinsky was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni at Boston University in 2003.
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