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John Bannister Goodenough, the American co-inventor of lithium ion batteries and a co-winner of 2019 Nobel prize for Chemistry has passed away. He was about to turn 101 on 25th July. He was one of the oldest living Nobel Prize laureates.

Stan Whittingham, who shared the Nobel Prize with Goodenough, initially discovered that lithium can be stored within sheets of titanium sulphide. Goodenough perfected it by refining it with a cobalt based cathode to produce a product that now significantly impacts everyone’s lives.

Additionally, he made a key contribution in the development of random access memory (RAM) for computers.

John Goodenough was born in Germany and had American origin parents. He attended Yale University to persue his studies in mathematics and worked as a meteorologist in the US Army during the Second World War.

Nicholas Grundish, his student verified the news of his passing to a media source.


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