Noble Nobel

The world learned on October 9, 2019, that John Goodenough had won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the development of the lithium-ion battery.

Experience Goodenough’s Nobel Journey in Photos ↓

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October 9, 2019

The Phone Call

John Goodenough, who happened to be in London receiving another award, gets the call from the Nobel Foundation that he, along with Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino, have won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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October 15, 2019

The Press Conference

Upon his return home to Austin, John Goodenough is celebrated by then-UT President Greg Fenves in a press conference with members of the local and national media.

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December 4, 2019

A Star on Board

The crew of the British Airways flight that John Goodenough took on his way to Stockholm is starstruck to be traveling with the newest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

John Goodenough poses with flight attendants on a flight
December 6, 2019

Night at the Museum

John Goodenough and the 2019 Nobel Laureates attend an informal get-together at the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm’s Old Town.

In keeping with tradition, the laureates sign chairs at the museum’s restaurant and donate an artifact to the museum’s collections.

2019 nobel laureates listening to a speaker at the nobel museum
John Goodenough gives a copy of his book to the nobel museum
December 7, 2019

2019 Laureates

The Nobel Prize recipients gather on the stage at the Stockholm Concert Hall for a rehearsal before the Nobel Prize Ceremony.

December 8, 2019

The Lecture

Arumugam (Ram) Manthiram, a friend and colleague to Goodenough for many years and the director of UT’s Texas Materials Institute, delivers Goodenough’s Nobel Lecture, “Designing Lithium-Ion Battery Cathodes.” The lecture was held in Stockholm University’s Aula Magna auditorium.

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December 10, 2019

Longhorns in Sweden

John Goodenough with members of the UT and Texas Engineering community who accompanied him to Stockholm.

December 10, 2019

The Royal Treatment

Held on the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony is dignified and grand. Donning floor-length gowns and white ties and tails, over 1,500 guests are in attendance, with about 90 people seated on stage, including members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Sweden’s Royal Family.

December 10, 2019

A Brilliant Banquet

At the Nobel Banquet at Stockholm City Hall, intricate wall decorations and tablescapes fill the giant room. As one can imagine, the Nobel Banquet features even more grandeur — a procession of the Royal Family and guests of honor down the grand stairway, performances, speeches of thanks and a finale of dancing with music by the Laszlo Royale Dance Orchestra.

December 11, 2019

Awards That Are Works of Art

The awards that Nobel Prize winners receive — in addition to the lifetime distinction as a Nobel Laureate — are, in no way, standard. The awards are actual works of art. They are presented at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and on display during the Nobel Banquet before being given to the laureates in the days following.

John Goodenough reads his Nobel Prize in Chemistry certificate

John Goodenough also received about $300,000 as part of the prize. And, in typical form, he gave the award to his lab of researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering to continue his battery work.

“Live to 97 and you can do anything. I’m honored and humbled to win the Nobel Prize. I thank all my friends for the support and assistance throughout my life.”