Nobel Prize in Chemistry won by John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino

Anthony Cuthbertson

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino.

The trio of scientists won for their work on developing rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which are used in everything from smartphones to pacemakers.

At 97-years-old, Professor Goodenough is the oldest ever Nobel laureate.

The announcement was made at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Wednesday morning, with the winners awarded a share of the nine million Swedish Kroner (£740,000) prize money.

It is the third Nobel Prize to be awarded in 2019, following the announcements of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine on Monday and the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday.

The remaining prizes for Literature, Peace and Economic Sciences will be awarded over the following days, with Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg widely tipped to win the prestigious Peace Prize.

Two literature laureates will be announced on Thursday, after the 2018 prize was suspended due to three members of the academy board resigning in response to a sexual misconduct investigation into the husband of one of the board members.

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