A community celebration in honor of Nobel Prize-winning professor M. Stanley Whittingham is to be held at Binghamton University's Vestal campus.

The event, which will be open to the public, is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. in the Osterhout Concert Theater at the Anderson Center.

Whittingham and two other researchers were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry last week for research that was instrumental in the development of the lithium-ion battery.

Whittingham has been with Binghamton University for more than three decades. Prior to that, he received the patent for a rechargeable lithium-ion battery while working for Exxon Research and Engineering Company.

Members of the Binghamton University community along with area residents will be able to attend Friday's recognition event, which will be free.

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger will be among the scheduled speakers at the celebration.

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