Nobel Prize for scientists making lithium-ion batteries

Nobel Prize for scientists making lithium-ion batteries

Three scientists have been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for making lithium-ion batteries.

Scientists John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino have received awards for making these rechargeable devices.

They are used in portable electronics.

97-year-old Pro John B. Goodenough is the oldest scientist to win this award.

The prize winners will share the amount received from the Nobel Prize, which is nine million Swedish kronor i.e. approximately $ 1.01 million or about Rs 7.40 crore.

These awards have been announced at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

Lithium-ion batteries are very lightweight and are also rechargeable. They are used in everything from mobile phones and laptops to electric cars.

The Nobel committee said that this device created a “rechargeable world”.

These scientists from USA, UK and Japan started research in this from the 1970s- 80s.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Science stated that the ability of these batteries to store more energy from sources such as solar and wind energy has eliminated the need for fossil fuels in the future.

Earlier in 2018, Francis Arnold, George P. Smith and Gregory Winter were given awards for their research on enzymes. In 2017, Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson were awarded awards for improving images of biological molecules.

Some Details About those scientist.

John Bannister Goodenough (born July 25, 1922) is an American professor, solid-state physicist. A Nobel laureate in chemistry, he is a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the University of Texas at Austin.


Akira Yoshino is a Japanese chemist. He is a fellow of Asahi Kasei Corporation and a professor at Meijo University in Nagoya. He created the first safe, production-viable lithium-ion battery which became used widely in cellular phones and notebook computers. Yoshino was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2019.


Michael Stanley Whittingham is a British-American chemist. He is currently a professor of chemistry and director of both the Institute for Materials Research and the Materials Science and Engineering program at Binghamton University, part of the State University of New York

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