It is with profound sadness that I regret to announce the passing
of the founder of the
International Battery Seminar
, Dr. Shep Wolsky.
Shep was a veteran of WWII, and served in the Navy as an electronic technician. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Boston University in 1952 and spent 10 years working on the
development of the transistor and its first commercial application, a transistor-powered hearing aid. He was Vice President of R&D at Duracell for 15 years and helped introduce Li-metal, Li-sulfur dioxide and Li-thionyl chloride batteries. He aided
Sony on the introduction of the Li-ion battery and obtained the first U.S. government approval for the transportation of Li-ion batteries. Having authored over 100 technical papers, Shep also consulted on the development of batteries with many clients
around the world. In addition to his scientific and technical involvement with lithium ion batteries, Shep was an accomplished writer, with several of his plays having been published and produced. He founded the widely respected International Battery Seminar
Working on the International Battery Seminar
until his passing, his passion and impact on the worldwide battery community was profound and he will be deeply missed. In recognition of Shep's tremendous contributions
to the field over so many years, the Annual Battery Innovator Award, given at the seminar each year, will become the Shep Wolsky Battery Innovator Award
, in his honor.
Phillips Kuhl, President
At long last the end is here,
Ninety-one years strong, tall and kind.
A gentle leader dear to his family and friends,
Fallen silent a brilliant mind.
A legacy unique and far reaching,
Accomplishments in science and life abound,
A husband, a father, a grandfather.
A spirit now free and unbound.
A warm heart open to all,
A keen interest in everything.
The ultimate busy multitasker
Now finally a resting.
A tribute to his caring and love,
Our deep sense of loss.
We will miss him for as long as there is time,
Content in our knowledge of a life lived sublime.
- Amy Wolsky
Brian Barnett served as chair of the Shep Wolsky Battery Innovator Award and Tribute at the 2018 event