Goodenough receives Hocott Research Award

 Dr. John B. Goodenough, professor of mechanical and electrical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, is the 2003 recipient of the Billy and Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award. This award recognizes faculty members whose documented research, while associated with UT Austin, has significantly advanced the engineering profession.

Dr. Goodenough’s development of cathode materials for lightweight, long-lasting, high-energy-density rechargeable lithium-ion batteries made possible the portability of present-day cell phones and laptops. He received the 2000 Japan Prize, the Asian equivalent of the Noble Prize, for this work. In addition, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineers, one of the highest honors awarded engineers.

As a physicist at M.I.T.’s Lincoln Laboratory from 1952-1976, he developed computer memories for the U.S. Air Force and conducted groundbreaking fundamental studies on the behavior of transition metal oxides. In 1976 he became professor and head of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory at Oxford University. He joined The University in 1986 and has focused his research on phenomena related to energy and high-temperature superconductivity.