M. Stanley Whittingham, a Binghamton University professor, has won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his involvement in lithium-ion battery research.

Whittingham was awarded the prize along with John Goodenough of the University of Texas at Austin and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University in Japan.

Whittingham is a distinguished professor of chemistry and materials science at Binghamton University. He came to the school in 1988 after spending 16 years with Exxon Research and Engineering Company.

Whittingham, who was born in the United Kingdom, has been regarded as a pioneer in the development of lithium-ion battery technology.

In announcing the prize in chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences hailed the work of the three researchers, declaring "They created a rechargeable world."

In a statement released by Binghamton University, Whittingham said he hoped "this recognition will help to shine a much-needed light on the nation's energy future."

University president Harvey Stenger said "Binghamton is very proud" that the Nobel committee has recognized Whittingham "for his pioneering work on lithium-ion batteries."

Stenger said "all of us at Binghamton congratulate him on this great honor."

The Power and Propulsion Solutions unit at BAE Systems in Endicott utilizes lithium-ion battery technology. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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