Berlin (AP) - When Stanley Whittingham was asked in an interview in 2015 how the prize would change his life, he said, "I do not know. My wife would probably be grumpy. I would probably travel even more than I already do. "
When Whittingham receives the Nobel message on Wednesday, he is also traveling - at a battery research conference in Ulm. Did his wife grumpily respond to the news? At least in the early afternoon, Whittingham had not spoken to her - too much of a hustle and bustle following the announcement of the Nobel Prize.
Since 1968 Whittingham is married to his Hungarian-born wife Georgina, a teacher. The two live in the small village Vestal near Binghamton in the USA (New York State). The couple have two grown children: Jennifer and Michael, who share their father's interests and also pursue scientific and technical careers.
Whittingham owns both British and US citizenship. It was there that Whittingham, born in Nottingham (Great Britain) in 1941, already moved in 1968. He had studied chemistry at Oxford University and completed his PhD there before moving to Stanford University in California. In 1972, he started to research the potential of lithium batteries at the then oil company Exxon. Since 1988 he works at Binghamton University in New York State.
A humorous man is Whittingham, says Joachim Maier from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart - and often very "casually dressed." "He often walks around conferences in shorts."