Iris and her husband Stan founded Energy Conversion Devices in 1960, better known as Ovonics today. They were pioneers in solar cell development and alternative fuel technology. If you have a device with a nickel-metal-hydride battery, you can thank the Ovshinskys.
The two were most recently featured in the movie "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
Here is a link the announcement from Ovonics and praise from Ovonics' CEO, Robert Stempel, the former boss at GM.
[Source: Metro Times]