M. Stanley Whittingham is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at Binghamton and the 2019 Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry. He received his B.A. and D.Phil. in chemistry from Oxford University, where he is an honorary Fellow of the New College. He has been active in Li-batteries since 1971 when he won the Young Author Award of the Electrochemical Society for his work on beta-alumina. In 1972, he joined Exxon and discovered the role of intercalation in battery reactions, which resulted in the first commercial lithium rechargeable batteries that were built by Exxon Enterprises. In 1988 he returned to academia at SUNY Binghamton to initiate a program in materials chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and a recipient of its Turnbull Award. In 2018 he was elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
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