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Nobel winner Yoshino says time in Sweden 'passed in a flash'


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Narita, Japan  /  Mon, December 16, 2019  /  08:08 am
Nobel winner Yoshino says time in Sweden 'passed in a flash'

The Alfred Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino returned home on Sunday after receiving the Nobel Prize in chemistry at a ceremony in Sweden, saying his time there "passed in a flash."

Suggesting he got a sense of fulfillment from his trip to Stockholm from Dec. 5, Yoshino, who won the prize for his contribution to the development of lithium-ion batteries, said also that he felt "relief" that it all went well.


“Curiosity was the main driving force for me.” The developer of the first commercially viable lithium-ion battery, Akira Yoshino, has become the 27th Japanese Nobel Laureate. Yoshino shared the 2019 Chemistry Prize together with John Goodenough and Stanley Whittingham "for the development of lithium-ion batteries." Akira Yoshino was born in 1948 in Suita, Japan. He acquired a business and master's degree at Kyoto University before obtaining his doctor's degree at Osaka University. He is currently an honorary fellow at Asahi Kasei Corporation, Tokyo, Japan and professor at Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan. Photo: Heinz Troll. #nobelprize #nobel #nobelprize2019 #discovery #research #renewable #sustainability #green #energy #electronics #curiosity #quote #quoteoftheday

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During a press conference at Narita airport near Tokyo, the 71-year-old honorary fellow at Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei Corp. said children at a local school where he visited to give a lecture were particularly impressive.

"I strongly felt their interest in environmental issues," he said. "It is our responsibility to pave the way (for solving problems)."

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He shared this year's prize with U.S. scientist John Goodenough and Britain's Stanley Whittingham.

Based on prior research by Goodenough and Whittingham, Yoshino, Japan's 27th Nobel laureate, in 1985 created the first commercially viable lithium-ion batteries, lightweight rechargeable power sources currently used in a wide range of electronic devices, including smartphones and laptop computers.

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