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The Latest: Nobel laureate expected a longer wait

By The Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

Akira Yoshino was confident the discoveries he worked on would win the Nobel Prize, but he didn't expect it to happen quite so soon.

Speaking at a news conference in Japan Wednesday, Yoshino said the Nobel chemistry prize covers such a broad range of studies that he had expected a long wait before the Nobel committee would turn to the area of devices, like lithium-ion batteries.

"I thought we would have to wait for a long time, so I used to say to people that it may be a long wait but we will definitely win as long as our turn comes," the 71-year-old said. "Still, surprise, surprise!"

Yoshino said he broke the news to his wife. "I only spoke to her briefly and said 'I got it,' and she was so surprised that her knees almost gave way."

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11:45 a.m.

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

The Nobel Committee said: "Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives and are used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles. Through their work, this year's Chemistry Laureates have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society."

With the glory comes a 9-million kronor ($918,000) cash award to be shared, a gold medal and a diploma. The laureates receive them at an elegant ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10 the anniversary of Nobel's death in 1896 together with five other Nobel winners. The sixth one, the peace prize, is handed out in Oslo, Norway, on the same day.

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9 a.m.

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be announced Wednesday, a day after the Physics award was given to a Canadian-American cosmologist and two Swiss scientists.

On Monday, the award for Physiology or Medicine went to two Americans and one British scientist. And on Thursday come two literature laureates, while the coveted Nobel Peace Prize is Friday and the economics award on Monday.

The 2018 literature prize was suspended after a scandal rocked the Swedish Academy. The body plans to award it this year, along with announcing the 2019 laureate.

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Read more stories on the 2019 Nobel Prizes by The Associated Press at https://www.apnews.com/NobelPrizes

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