John B. Goodenough (1922 – 2023)

John B. Goodenough (1922 – 2023)

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Professor John B. Goodenough, The University of Texas at Austin, USA, passed away on June 25, 2023. His university describes him as “a dedicated public servant, a sought-after mentor, and a brilliant yet humble inventor.”

He is known for his contributions to the development of lithium-ion batteries. In particular, he was involved in the discovery of key cathode materials. He is known for developing the Goodenough-Kanamori rules for determining the sign of magnetic superexchange in materials and for developments in computer random-access memory. In 2019, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino “for the development of lithium-ion batteries”.


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, and in 1976 became Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford, UK. 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, the Copley Medal from the Royal Society in 2019, and the Japan Prize in 2001. 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.

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