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Scientist, 97, becomes oldest ever winner of Nobel Prize

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John B. Goodenough, 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, speaks during a news conference at the Royal Society in London, Britain October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Three scientists took home the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, including the oldest winner of all time.

The trio, John B Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino, share the prize of nine million SEK (£ 740,099).

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The trio helped refine and develop lithium-ion batteries.

Goodenough is the oldest Nobel laureate at 97.

The three worked together on the development and refining of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, enabling the era of global information technology, mobile and fossil-free revolutions.

"Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives since entering the market in 1991. They have laid the foundation for a wireless, fossil-free society and are of great benefit to humanity," said the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. 39; Nobel Committee.

Whittingham, who became the second Briton to win the Nobel Prize this year, developed the first operating lithium battery in the early 1970s.

Battery potential has been doubled by Mr. Goodenough, with Mr. Yoshino making batteries safer to use.

Yoshino spoke on Japanese television after hearing about his victory, saying he was happy to have helped develop greener forms of power.

"I hope this will become an incentive for young researchers," he said.

Akira Yoshino, honorary colleague of Asahi Kasei, winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, speaks on the phone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, October 9, 2019. REUTERS / Issei Kato
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Akira Yoshino spoke on the phone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after hearing the news

Nobel chemistry committee member Peter Somfai explained why it became clear that the trio should win the prize.

"This is a technology we use every day. Most people have a cell phone, electric vehicles are getting more popular.

"So it's very clear why it's an important discovery."

The Nobel Prizes, in physics and chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace, were founded by Alfred Nobel, a Swedish industrialist and inventor of dynamite.

The winners of the latest awards will receive a gold medal, money and diploma at a ceremony on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel's death in 1896.

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