The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was jointly awarded to John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino on Wednesday “for the development of lithium-ion batteries.”
“The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 rewards the development of the lithium-ion battery. This lightweight, rechargeable and powerful battery are now used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles,” an official statement by the Nobel committee read.
Elaborating on the individual contributions of the three scientists, the official handle of the Nobel Prize tweeted, “Chemistry Laureate John Goodenough doubled the lithium battery’s potential, creating the right conditions for a vastly more powerful and useful battery.”
It also outlined that in the 1970s, it was Whittingham who had used lithium’s enormous drive to release its outer electron when he developed the first functional lithium battery.