Honoring the Legacy of Nobel Prize Winner and UT Faculty John Goodenough

Professor John B. Goodenough sits at his desk while reviewing a paper with three students.

Professor John B. Goodenough, a highly esteemed innovator and legendary faculty member in the Cockrell School of Engineering and an inventor known around the world for the development of the lithium-ion battery, passed away Sunday at the age of 100. His discoveries led to the wireless revolution and put electronic devices in the hands of people worldwide.  

In 2019, he became the oldest person to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in batteries, a recognition many felt was long overdue. He shared the award with Stanley Whittingham of the State University of New York at Binghampton and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University. Goodenough received many other awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal, the Enrico Fermi Award, the Robert A. Welch Award and the Copley. He also authored several books, including an autobiography titled “Witness to Grace,” published in 2008. 

Dr. Goodenough will be missed by the university community and the many people he impacted during his long career.