BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - The president of Binghamton University says the Nobel prize just awarded to a faculty member will help the school build its reputation in research.
M. Stanley Whittingham won this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry with two others for work on developing the lithium-ion battery. The 77-year-old British-American chemistry professor came to Binghamton in 1988 after 16 years at Exxon Research and Engineering Company. His pioneering work dates from the mid-1970s.
Binghamton President Harvey Stenger noted Wednesday that few schools boast a Nobel laureate. He said the award will burnish the school's reputation in chemistry and material science research.
Stenger described Whittingham as hard-working and humble.
Whittingham told reporters the award would raise the profile of the university and inspire people to look up the location of Binghamton.