Joel Spira was 88 years old and had spent more than five decades quietly helming Lutron Electronics Co. Spira was a physicist with a nimble, fertile mind whose products are in the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History alongside inventions by Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.
Chad Paul, president and CEO of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Lehigh University, hailed Spira as a technology pioneer and brilliant entrepreneur. "His inventions transformed the global lighting control industry with new technologies that save energy, harvest sunlight, and substantially improve human environments," Paul said. "He will be greatly missed."
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