99th Birthday: John B. Goodenough

99th Birthday: John B. Goodenough

Author: ChemistryViews.org

Professor John B. Goodenough, The University of Texas at Austin, USA, celebrates his 99th birthday on July 25, 2021. He is known for his important contributions to the development of modern lithium-ion batteries. In particular, he was involved in the discovery of the most significant cathode materials. In 2019, he has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino.


John B. Goodenough, born on July 25, 1922, in Jena, Germany, studied mathematics at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, and physics at the University of Chicago, IL, USA, where he received his Ph.D. in 1952. He then joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. Goodenough became Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford, UK, in 1976. Since 1986, he has been a Professor at The University of Texas at Austin in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

Among the 2019 Chemistry Nobel Prize and many other honors, John B. Goodenough has received the Japan Prize in 2001, the National Medal of Science in 2011, the Benjamin Franklin Award in Chemistry in 2018, and the Copley Medal from the Royal Society in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemistry Society and a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) grants a John B. Goodenough Award in his honor.

Selected Publications


Also of Interest



Leave a Reply

Kindly review our community guidelines before leaving a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *