Akira Yoshino is a Japanese chemist who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in developing lithium-ion batteries. He shared the prize with American physicist John B. Goodenough and British-born American chemist M. Stanley Whittingham.
Akira Yoshino was born in Suita, Osaka, Japan. After studying petrochemistry at Kyoto University, he began working at the chemical company Asahi Kasei in 1972. He has been associated with Asahi Kasei throughout his non-academic career, and headed his
own laboratory there. Yoshino received his PhD degree at Osaka University in 2005 and has been a professor at Meijo University in Nagoya since 2017.