John Bannister Goodenough

July 25, 1922

100 Year(s)

June 25, 2023



A pioneer who powered our world, his brilliance and dedication forever etched in the annals of science. His legacy, like his batteries, will continue to energize humanity's progress.


John Bannister Goodenough was an American materials scientist, a solid-state physicist, and a Nobel laureate in chemistry. He was a professor of Mechanical, Materials Science, and Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is widely credited with the identification and development of the lithium-ion battery, for developing the Goodenough–Kanamori rules in determining the sign of the magnetic superexchange in materials, and for seminal developments in computer random-access memory.


A man of immense intellect and unwavering determination, whose contributions lit up our world in ways more than one. His groundbreaking work in the field of material science revolutionized our lives and brought us into the future.

A beacon of knowledge, wisdom, and innovation, his pioneering spirit led to the development of the lithium-ion battery, powering our technology and our dreams alike. Through his remarkable journey, he epitomized the ethos of perseverance and the pursuit of knowledge, never ceasing his work even in the twilight of his years.

In his gentle quietude, he was a force of nature that charged the world forward, leaving an indelible imprint on the canvas of human progress. He lived not for recognition, but to illuminate the path for those who would follow in his footsteps.

He was a true titan of science, an inspiration for many, and his legacy will continue to energize generations to come.

John Bannister Goodenough, your memory will be, indeed, more than good enough - it will be extraordinary, enduring, and ever powerful.

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