Copley Medal for Professor John Goodenough
Professor John Goodenough, former head of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, has been awarded the Royal Society's Copley Medal, the world's oldest scientific prize. Previous awardees have included Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Albert Einstein and Dorothy Hodgkin.
Professor Goodenough been honoured for his exceptional contributions to materials science, including his work at Oxford that led to the invention of the rechargeable lithium battery, a breakthrough that ushered in a new age of portable electronic devices.
On hearing the news, Professor Goodenough said 'Words are not sufficient to express my appreciation for this award. My ten years at Oxford were transformative for me, and I thank especially those who had the imagination to invite a U.S. non-academic physicist to come to England to be a Professor and Head of the Oxford Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory.'
Now aged 96, Professor Goodenough continues to work on new battery technology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering.
Image: Professor John Goodenough (centre, front row) and colleagues outside the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory in 1982.