From UChicago to Nobel: How John Goodenough sparked the wireless revolution

University of Chicago News/Helen Greg Prof. John Goodenough’s invention of the lithium-ion battery has helped power modern electronics, including cell phones, laptop computers and electric cars. Photo courtesy of University of Texas at Austin At age 97, alum and pioneering inventor of the lithium-ion battery to receive Nobel Prize John B. Goodenough can still remember, word for word, what a University of Chicago professor told him when he arrived on campus following World War II: “I don’t understand you veterans,” said John A. Simpson, a new UChicago instructor who had…

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