Title: Distinguished Professor
Company: Binghamton University
Location: Vestal, New York, United States
Stanley Whittingham, D. Phil., Distinguished Professor at Binghamton University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry, materials science, engineering and higher education.
Inspired to enter the sciences by his high school teachers, Dr. Whittingham is a native of Nottingham, England, having been born to parents William Stanley and Dorothy Mary Whittingham in December 1941. Attending the University of Oxford, he received a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry in 1964, followed by a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy, both in 1968. Soon relocating to the United States, he commenced his career as a research associate and head of the solid-state electrochemistry group in the Materials Center at Stanford University, a role he held from 1968 to 1972. Thereafter, he served as a staff member and Division Manager at Exxon Research Company from 1972 to 1984 and director of physical sciences at Schlumberger Company from 1984 to 1988. Since 1988, Dr. Whittingham has acted as the distinguished professor of chemistry, materials science and engineering and the director of the Northeast Center for Chemical Energy Storage at Binghamton University. During his tenure, he was also the vice provost for research from 1994 to 2000.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Whittingham has been the chief scientific officer of NAATBatt International since 2017, having previously served his profession as a frequent lecturer and consultant. Desiring to share his wealth of knowledge with his community, he has authored and edited over 350 papers and penned five books. A patentee in his field, he was responsible for the discovery of rechargeable lithium batteries and methods for making intercalation batteries, as well as a method for making TiS2 mixed material cathodes and high brightness luminescent displays. He cites discovering the lithium battery to be the absolute highlight of his career.
In an effort to remain abreast of developments within the industry, Dr. Whittingham maintained affiliation with numerous organizations and societies, including chairman of the Binghamton section and the solid state sub-division of the American Chemical Society and a 50 year member and a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society where he was chair of the New York section. He is also a fellow of the Materials Research Society in recognition of his contributions to the field. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2018.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Whittingham has garnered several honors and accolades. The recipient of the Turnbull Award from the Materials Research Society in 2018 and Senior Scientist Award from the International Society for Solid State Ionics in 2017, he was also honored with the Distinguished Research Award from the Binghamton section of the American Chemical Society, the Lois B. DeFleur Faculty Prize for Academic Achievement, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from NAATBatt in 2015. In 2010, the American Chemical Society presented him with the Award for Lifetime Contributions to Chemistry, and GreentechMedia named him one of Top 40 Innovators for Contributions to Advancing Green Technology. Earlier in his career, the State University of New York gave him the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and the Outstanding Research Award in 2007, having previously received the Battery Research Award from the Electrochemical Society in 2002. Notably, he was the recipient of the Shipley Distinguished Lectureship Award and the Willem Prins memorial lecturer, as well as the Yeager Award for Lifetime Contributions to Battery Science from Clarkson University.
Married to Georgina Judith Andai since 1969, Dr. Whittingham is the proud father of two children and four grandchildren. He has been highlighted in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.
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