The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded Oct. 9 to M. Stanley Whittingham, a distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at the State University of New York’s Binghamton University.
Mr. Whittingham, who has worked at Binghamton since 1988, was selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his work during the 1970s creating the first functional lithium-ion batteries, which are used in cell phones and laptops and have also enabled the development of electric cars. The battery was too explosive to be viable.
Other Academics Honored
John B. Goodenough, a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University in Japan were also awarded for their work advancing the technology.
Governor Cuomo noted that Mr. Whittingham's work “has far-reaching applications, including helping New York reach our goals to reduce carbon emissions and achieve 100 percent zero carbon electricity by 2040.”
SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson applauded Mr. Whittingham’s decades of work teaching students in the public-university system. “Distinguished Professor Whittingham has worked diligently on his craft for 30 years, and at the same time he has dedicated his time to help others pursue their research through his past work with the SUNY Research Foundation and on campus,” she said. “He shows our students what can be accomplished.”
‘A Shining Example’
Fred Kowal, president of the United University Professions, which represents SUNY faculty members, added that Mr. Whittingham “is a shining example of what makes SUNY great—its people.” The union credited the Distinguished Professor for helping to build the university’s materials science and engineering program.
Mr. Whittingham said that he was “overcome with gratitude at receiving this award.”
“The research I have been involved with for over 30 years has helped advance how we store and use energy at a foundational level, and it is my hope that this recognition will help to shine a much-needed light on the nation's energy future,” he said in a statement.
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