Franklin Institute to honor John Goodenough for work on battery used in cellphones

Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 06:31:33 PM. The institute is honoring eight scientists in all, for discoveries in such fields as global warming and gene editing.
More than 260 years ago, Benjamin Franklin wired together a series of lead-lined glass panes to store electrical charge. He called his contraption a battery, and he coined two related terms that also remain in use today: positive and negative. What would he make of the early 21st century, when batteries are so lightweight and powerful that they can run pocket-size computers and wrist-mounted video screens? The man largely responsible for that revolution is coming in April 2018 to the museum that bears Franklin’s name. Battery pioneer John B. Goodenough, still electrifying his field at age 95, is the newest winner of the Franklin Institute’s annual award in the field of chemistry, the museum announced Tuesday. Seven other scientists are to receive awards for work in such diverse fields as genetics, computer networks, and global warming. The elite group comes to Philadelphia for a week of lectures and outreach, culminating with a black-tie ceremony April 19. And on one morning the scientists will stand behind tables laden with hands-on exhibits, fielding questions from any museum visitors who happen to walk by. “The opportunity to interact with these rock stars is really special,” said Karen Elinich, the institute’s director of science content. Goodenough was a force in the budding field of electronics starting in the 1950s, when his research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology helped pave the way for the development of RAM — the short-term “random access memory”...Read more
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