Christopher R. Wronski

Christopher R. Wronski
Associated organizations
RCA (Radio Corporation of America)
Fields of study
Photovoltaic cells
IEEE William R. Cherry Award, IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award


Christopher R. Wronski is best known for his groundbreaking work with photovoltaic cells, specifically the discovery of the amorphous silicon solar cell and the Staebler-Wronski Effect.

Wronski earned his doctoral degree in Physics from Imperial College in London in 1963. He then joined the Exxon Research and Engineering Company and RCA Laboratories. In 1984 Wronski was the co-recipient, along with David E. Carlson, of the IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award "For crucial contributions to the use of amorphous silicon in low-cost, high-performance photovoltaic solar cells." In 1990, the IEEE elected Wronski as a Fellow, and in 2000, he received the IEEE William R. Cherry Award.

Wronski is currently a Professor Emeritus at Pennsylvania State University.