Nobel Laureate Yoshino Speaks To Reporters

Nobel laureate Yoshino speaks to reporters

Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino, one of the three winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, has told media in Sweden that he believes his award will inspire young researchers.

Yoshino shares the chemistry award with two US scientists -- John Goodenough and M. Stanley Whittingham -- for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

On Saturday, eight winners of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics, and Economic Science attended a news conference held by Nobel Foundation at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

Yoshino and Whittingham spoke to reporters, while Goodenough was absent.

Asked about the impact that their lithium-ion batteries have had on society, Yoshino said that he couldn't imagine such a big market for the batteries as there were no cell phones, laptops, or smartphones when he invented the batteries in 1985.

Yoshino, who is the honorary fellow at a Japanese chemical company, was asked how he felt about winning the award as a researcher in industry instead of academia.

He replied that he believes it will encourage young researchers in industry.

Referring to a Nobel lecture that he is expected to deliver on Sunday, Yoshino said that he wants to send a message to the world concerning global environmental issues and talk about his opinions and visions on the environment.