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John B. Goodenough

John B. Goodenough

American professor and solid-state physicist and winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

As of 2019 Goodenough holds the position of Professor at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

John B. Goodenough along with M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of lithium-ion batteries”. Goodenough’s work while at Oxford University in the 1980s made the development of lithium-ion batteries possible. He worked with Koichi Muzushima, Philip C. Jones and Philip J. Wiseman to identify the cathode material that enabled the development of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which lead to the age of portable electronic devices such as laptops and smartphones.

John Goodenough developed random access memory in the 1950s, the lithium ion rechargeable battery in the 1970s, discovered several fundamental rules in magnetism and in 2012 identified a ceramic anode material for a solid oxide fuel cell operating on natural gas.

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July 25, 1922
John B. Goodenough was born in Kreisfreie Stadt Jena.

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Steve Mirsky
October 9, 2019
Scientific American
A weekly exploration of the latest developments in science and technology.
David Keyton
October 9, 2019
phys.org
Three scientists on Wednesday were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their contributions to the development of lithium-ion batteries, which have reshaped energy storage and transformed cars, mobile phones and many other devices in an increasingly portable and electronic world.

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