The University of Toledo, in Toledo, Ohio, plans to hold a memorial to celebrate the life and contributions of Norman Nitschke, engineer and glass industry veteran, on August 17.
Nitschke is known for his work advancing glass tempering technology and was a leader in developing safety glass fabrication processes and standards. He was
100 years old when he passed away on February 14.
He partnered with Harold McMaster, the inventor of tempered glass, throughout his career. Their first company, Permaglass Inc., introduced and promoted tempered automotive glass, which is used today in nearly all vehicles made in the U.S. In partnership with Frank Larimer, they later founded Glasstech Inc., which advanced glass tempering and bending for architectural safety glass.
The two eventually moved from the glass industry to the solar energy industry. According to a press release, they founded Glasstech Solar and then Solar Cells Inc., which developed the thin-film cadmium telluride coating technology that launched First Solar in the solar energy business.
In recognition of his support of its engineering programs, the university named Nitschke Hall, Nitschke Auditorium and the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex in his honor.