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See also: Robert Wilhelm Bunsen; Michael Faraday; Louis Pasteur. 1117 Inventors and Inventions Tyndall, John Lewis Urry Canadian chemical engineer Urry’s development of the alkaline battery made it possible to significantly extend the effective lifetime of batteries used in personal and household items ranging from commonplace flashlights and smoke detectors to complicated electronic devices. By the end of Urry’s active career, his original contribution had been carried forward by researchers who developed the extremely sophisticated batteries that power not only modern portable electronic devices but also critical medical devices such as pacemakers. Born: January 29, 1927; Pontypool, Ontario, Canada Died: October 19, 2004; North Olmsted, Ohio Also known as: Lewis Frederick Urry (full name) Primary fields: Chemistry; electronics and electrical engineering Primary invention: Alkaline battery Early Life Lewis Frederick Urry was born in 1927 in Pontypool, Ontario, Canada. After serving in the Canadian army between 1946 and 1949, he studied at the University of Toronto, receiving a degree in chemical engineering in 1950. His first employment was with the Eveready Battery Company, the firm that had a very long history going back to the development of battery cells for use mainly in household flashlights. While still a young man of twenty-eight, Urry moved in 1955 to the Eveready main research laboratory in Parma, Ohio.
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