Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, aka George Santayana, was an American philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist. One of his most famous quotations was this: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This is one of Editorial Director Frank Andorka’s favorite quotations of all time (as a former history major, this is no surprise, of course).
Which got the Solar Power World team to thinking: How many of us in today’s solar industry know the names of the innovators, pioneers that made our industry possible? So we did a little research and put together a list of the 23 solar pioneers whose names you should know. Enjoy.
As early as 212 BC, the Greek scientist, Archimedes, used the reflective properties of bronze shields to focus sunlight and to set fire to wooden ships from the Roman Empire which were besieging Syracuse. As a result, he became the father of concentrated solar power.