UChicago alum John B. Goodenough shares Nobel Prize for invention of lithium-ion battery

John B. Goodenough, SM’50, PhD’52

October 9, 2019

University of Chicago alumnus John B. Goodenough was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering role in developing the lithium-ion batteries that now power our cell phones, laptop computers and electric cars.

Goodenough, SM’50, PhD’52, a professor at the University of Texas, Austin, was one of three scientists on Oct 9 recognized as foundational in the field of modern battery chemistry, sharing this year’s prize with M. Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University in New York and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University in Japan. Goodenough is among the 92 scholars associated with the University of Chicago to receive a Nobel Prize.

At age 97, Goodenough continues to conduct research in the lab, and he became the oldest person ever awarded a Nobel Prize. 

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