Samuel Ruben was born in Harrison, New Jersey back in 1900. Educated in New York City, he did not go to college, instead he was tutored attending night classes. He was encouraged by Professor Bergen Davis to attend lectures and to make the most of the Columbia physics library.
He began working as a licensed ham radio operator, building radios for spare parts. He set up a small laboratory in the mid 1920’s in New Rochelle, where he would conduct his research for more than 60 years.
Because of his contributions he received several honorary degrees, just to mention a few. One was the Doctor of Science, one form Polytechnic Institute and one from Columbia University. He also served as a Senior Staff Associate at Butler University, teaching at Harvard as a lecturer in chemistry. Not bad for someone who never received a degree don’t you think. In his lifetime, he held more than 200 patents.
What you may not know about Samuel is that he invented a battery we all know as the Duracell. Until tomorrow what is your excuse for not being successful