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97-year-old Goodenough emerges oldest Nobel Prize victor

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A Harvard doctor is one in trio of scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine. What they discovered is amazing.

"Live to 97 (years old) and you can do anything", Goodenough said in a statement.

He said: "I can't believe we are the only living entity in the whole universe, there are just way too many planets, way too many stars".

"The morning started very badly, I got problems with my bike and yesterday I had a flat tyre".

If you're reading this on a cellphone or laptop computer, you might thank the three winners of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on lithium-ion batteries. Distinguished Professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA. "The seminal discoveries by this year's Nobel Laureates revealed the mechanism for one of life's most essential adaptive processes".

A newly-crowned Nobel Laureate who was the first to discover an exoplanet missed the initial phone call telling him he had won the prestigious award.

The prize went to John B Goodenough of the University of Texas, M Stanley Whittingham of the State University of NY at Binghamton, and Akira Yoshino of Asahi Kasei Corporation and Meijo University in Japan.

He earned a Ph.D. from Osaka University in 2005.

On Friday the action moves to Norway where the Peace Prize is awarded, with bookies predicting a win for Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg on betting sites such as Ladbrokes.

The economics prize - officially known as the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel - will be awarded on October 14. Yoshino's design used a carbon-based material to hold lithium ions.

Prof Saiful Islam, a researcher in the field at the University of Bath and who gave the 2016 Royal Institution christmas lectures, welcomed the news, saying the trio's work helped to power the portable revolution. "I only spoke to her briefly and said, 'I got it, ' and she sounded she was so surprised that her knees nearly gave way".

Today, lithium-ion batteries are used in a wide range of modern technologies, from mobile phones to electric cars. "They have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society, and are of the greatest benefit to humankind", the committee said. The Committee has confirmed that the three scientists will receive $918,000 to be shared along with a gold medal and a diploma on December 10 in Stockholm. His exact reasons for having an institution in Norway handing out the peace prize is unclear, but during his lifetime Sweden and Norway were joined in a union, which was dissolved in 1905.

UT Austin says Goodenough joins physicist Steven Weinberg as one of two Nobel laureates now at the university.

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