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John B. Goodenough
BornJohn Bannister Goodenough
(1922-07-25) July 25, 1922 (age 99)
Jena, Germany
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Oxford
University of Texas at Austin
Doctoral advisorClarence Zener
Notable studentsBill David (postdoc)[1]
Known forLi-ion rechargeable battery, Goodenough–Kanamori rules
Notable awardsJapan Prize (2001)
Enrico Fermi Award (2009)
National Medal of Science (2011)
IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies(2012)
Charles Stark Draper Prize (2014)
Welch Award (2017)
Copley Medal (2019)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2019)
This person won a Nobel Prize
John Bannister Goodenough (born 25 July 1922) is an American professor and solid-state physicist. He is currently a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at The University of Texas at Austin. He is known for his development of the lithium-ion battery. which is used on handheld electronic devices.

In 2014, he received the Charles Stark Draper Prize for his contributions to the lithium-ion battery.[2] In 2019, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, This made him the oldest person to receive a Nobel prize. He also made other fundamental contributions in the field of magnetism.


  1. Thackeray, M.M.; David, W.I.F.; Bruce, P.G.; Goodenough, J.B. (1983). "Lithium insertion into manganese spinels". Materials Research Bulletin 18 (4): 461–472. doi:10.1016/0025-5408(83)90138-1 . 
  2. Charles Stark Draper Prize News, National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved March 1, 2015.