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(Update 2) Japan's Yoshino, 2 Others Win 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Tokyo, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Wednesday it will award the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Akira Yoshino, honorary fellow of Japanese chemical maker Asahi Kasei Corp. <3407>, and two other researchers "for the development of lithium-ion batteries."
The other two laureates are John B. Goodenough, 97, of University of Texas and M. Stanley Whittingham, 77, of Binghamton University, State University of New York. Goodenough became the oldest person to receive a Nobel prize.
The number of Japanese Nobel laureates now totals 27, including those with U.S. citizenship, with a Japanese winning a Nobel prize for the second straight year. In 2018, Tasuku Honjo, professor at Kyoto University, was given the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Yoshino, 71, is the first Japanese laureate to get the chemistry prize since Akira Suzuki, professor emeritus at Hokkaido University, and Eiichi Negishi, professor at Purdue University, won the award with U.S. chemist Richard F. Heck in 2010.
At a press conference in Tokyo, Yoshino said: "Lithium-ion batteries were born and raised with the information technology revolution, an incredibly huge wave of innovation. Their application to electric vehicles will present a solution to environmental challenges."