Innovators in Battery Technology

Profiles of 95 Influential Electrochemists

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About the Book

As the world’s demand for electrical energy increases, it will be the ingenuity and skill of brilliant electrochemists that enable us to utilize the planet’s mineral reserves responsibly.
This biographical dictionary profiles 95 electrochemists from 19 nations who during the past 270 years have researched and developed ever more efficient batteries and energy cells. Each entry traces the subject’s origin, education, discoveries and patents, as well as hobbies and family life. The breakthroughs of early innovators are cataloged and the work of living scientists and technicians is brought up to date. An appendix provides a cross-referenced timeline of innovation.

About the Author(s)

Kevin Desmond, a technology historian and biographer, lives near Bordeaux in southern France. Since 1976, he has published 27 books and 300-plus articles on the men and women innovators, often forgotten, behind the progress of transport and related subjects.

Bibliographic Details

Kevin Desmond
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 280
Bibliographic Info: 81 photos & illustrations, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9933-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2278-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments  v

Foreword by Michael Halls  1

Preface  2

The Innovators (A–Z)

André, ­Henri-Georges (1896–1967) 3

Bacon, Francis Thomas (1904–1992) 4

Bagotsky, Vladimir Sergeevich (1920–2012) 7

Bagshaw, Norman Ernest (1933– ) 8

Bain, Alexander (1810–1877) 10

Barak, Montefiore (1904–1989) 11

Bode, Hans Heinrich Christian (1905–1989) 14

Böhnstedt, Werner (1945– ) 16

Brush, Charles Francis (1849–1929) 17

Bullock, Kathryn R. (1945– ) 19

Bunsen, Robert Wilhelm Eberhard (1811–1899) 23

Burbank, Jeanne B. (1915–2002) 25

Burgess, Charles Frederick (1873–1945) 28

Cairns, Elton James (1932– ) 30

Callan, Nicholas Joseph (1799–1864) 32

Chapin, Daryl M. (1906–1995), Calvin Souther Fuller (1902–1994) and

Gerald Leondus Pearson (1905–1987) 36

Clark, Josiah Latimer (1822–1898) 41

Coetzer, Johan (1941– ) 42

Conway, Brian Evans (1927–2005) 46

Cooper, John Frederick (1946– ) 48

Daniell, John Frederic (1790–1845) 50

Davy, Humphry (1778–1829) 53

Devitt, John Lawrence (1925– ) 56

Dicks, Andrew Leslie (1948– ) 60

Drumm, James J. (1897–1974) 62

Edison, Thomas Alva (1847–1931) 64

Faure, Camille Alphonse (1840–1898) 67

Feder, David O. (1924–2011) 71

Franklin, Benjamin (1706–1790) 72

Furukawa, Jun (1957– ) 74

Garche, Jürgen Werner (1944– ) 78

Gassner, Carl (1839–1882) 81

Goodenough, John Bannister (1922– ) 84

Grätzel, Michael (1944– ) 89

Greatbatch, Wilson (1919–2011) 92

Green, Martin Andrew (1948– ) 94

Grey, Clare P. (1965– ) 98

Grove, William Robert (1811–1896) 100

Hare, Robert (1781–1858) 102

Haring, Howard Egbert (1898–1965) 102

Hatazawa, Tsuyonobu (1962– ) 103

Hellesen, Frederik Louis Wilhelm (1836–1892) 105

Jache, Otto (1915–1993) 107

Jacques, William W. (1855–1932) 109

Jedlik, Ányos (1800–1895) 111

Jungner, Ernst Waldemar (1869–1924) 114

Kabanov, Boris Nikolaevich (1904–1988) 118

Kelley, Kurtis C. (1952– ) 120

Kirchhof, Charles F. (1811–1882) 123

König, Wilhelm (fl. 1930s) 124

Kordesch, Karl V. (1922–2011) 125

Lam, Lan Trieu (1953– ) 129

Leclanché, Georges (1839–1882) 132

Lewis, Gilbert Newton (1875–1946) and Frederick George Keyes (1885–1976) 134

Monahov, Boris Ivanov (1954– ) 135

Moseley, Patrick Timothy (1943– ) 138

Musschenbroek, Pieter (Petrus) van (1692–1761) 140

Nora, Vittorio de (1912–2008) 143

Ogumi, Zempachi (1945– ) 145

Ohl, Russell Shoemaker (1898–1987) 147

Ovshinsky, Stanford Robert (1922–2012) 148

Pavlov, Detchko (1930– ) 152

Peters, Kenneth (1928– ) 156

Pierson, John Ronald (1936– ) 160

Planté, ­Raymond-Louis-Gaston (1834–1889) 167

Prengaman, R. David (1943– ) 171

Rand, David Anthony James (1942‒) 175

Renard, Charles (1847–1905) 179

Ritter, Johann Wilhelm (1776–1810) 181

Ruben, Samuel (1900–1988) 182

Ruetschi, Paul (1925– ) 187

Sadoway, Donald Robert (1950– ) 189

Salkind, Alvin J. (1927–2015) 190

Sampson, Henry Thomas (1934– ) 193

Sastry, Ann Marie (1967– ) 194

Scrosati, Bruno (1937– ) 197

Sinsteden, Wilhelm Josef (1803–1891) 199

Skyllas-Kazacos, Maria (1951– ) 200

Smee, Alfred (1818–1877) 207

Sudworth, James (1939–2013) 208

Takeuchi, Esther Sans (1953– ) 212

Thackeray, Michael Makepeace (1949– ) 215

Tobias, Charles W. (1920–1996) 223

Trouvé, Gustave Pierre (1939–1902) 224

Urry, Lewis F. (1927–2004) 228

Volta, Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio (1745–1827) 231

Voss, Ernst Christian Hinrich (1923–2004) 235

Whittingham, M. Stanley (1941– ) 237

Wollaston, William Hyde (1766–1828) 242

Yai, Sakizou (1863–1927) 243

Yeager, Ernest B. (1924–2002) 244

Zamboni, Giuseppe (1776–1846) 246

Appendix: Timeline  249

Bibliography  253

Index  255

Book Reviews & Awards

“a nice contribution to a global field growing in importance…highly recommended”—Choice; “for students and scholars of the history of battery technology, this will be a useful resource to consult. Academic and special libraries with patrons working in this area should consider adding this volume to their collections.”—ARBA.