John Goodenough becomes oldest Nobel Prize winner at 97

John Goodenough

University of Chicago alum John Goodenough born in 1922 in Jena, Germany, became the oldest Nobel laureate Prize winner at 97

Mr Goodenough is a few months older than 2018 Physics Prize laureate Arthur Ashkin, said Goran K Hansson, permanent secretary of the Academy.

Goodenough and his colleagues have laid the foundation for a wireless fossil fuel-free society. The three winners will share the prize of $9 million Swedish kronor, which is the equivalent of about $910,000 dollars.

Mr Goodenough turned 97 in July.

He shared the 2019 chemistry prize with Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino.

Mr Hansson said the Academy had not reached Mr Goodenough prior to the announcement and did not know if he would come for the December 10 award ceremony in Stockholm.

The prize went to John Goodenough, 97, a German-born engineering professor at the University of Texas; M. Stanley Whittingham, 77, a British-American chemistry professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton; and Japan’s Akira Yoshino, 71, of Asahi Kasei Corporation and Meijo University.

“He made new materials that can work at a higher voltage, meaning more power so they can actually power those cell phones,” said Shrayesh Patel, an assistant professor of molecular engineering at the University of Chicago. “Also, he said we can actually store more energy in those materials as well.”

Associated Press

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