At 92, the man who brought you the lithium-ion battery is still having creative breakthroughs
For John Goodenough, it's never good enough.
"Yet despite his central role in the first commercial lithium-ion battery, Goodenough earned no royalties. Oxford had declined to patent Goodenough’s cathode—the university seemed to see no advantage in owning intellectual property. In the end, Goodenough signed away the royalty rights to the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, a UK government lab just south of Oxford, reasoning that at least his invention might reach the market. He never fathomed the scale of the market to come. No one did."Posted on 2015-02-06T17:17:37+0000