Professor John Bannister Goodenough ForMemRS
Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair of Engineering, Texas Materials Institute, University of Texas at Austin.
John Goodenough is distinguished for his pioneering contributions to solid state science and technology. For more than 50 years his insights, vision, ideas, knowledge and research have unified chemistry, physics and materials science on understanding the chemical and physical properties of complex oxides and the design and development of advanced technological materials. As Head of Inorganic Chemistry at Oxford (1976-1986) he first identified and developed the oxide material now used, worldwide, for high energy-density rechargeable lithium batteries, ubiquitous in today's portable electronic devices. Goodenough's outstanding contributions to science and society were recognised by the 2001 Japan Prize for Science and Technology of Environment Conscious Materials.