Whittingham also told stories about having dinner with the King, Queen and Princesses of Sweden in the palace. VESTAL (WBNG) — Stanley Whittingham received the Nobel Prize for his work in developing the lithium ion battery. Whittingham is Binghamton University’s first Nobel Prize Laureate. He attended the ceremony in Stockholm Sweden in December. A private chauffeur took him from the airport to his hotel where people were awaiting his signature. One event that stood out to Whittingham was the moment he got to speak to astronauts on the space station. “We got to talk to the astronauts on the space station, that was really impressive. They understood what we’re doing, it turns out they had just put lithium ion batteries on their space station within the previous month. So they knew all about it and were excited about it.” said Whittingham. While visiting the British ambassadors house in Stockholm, Whittingham met 5th grade students who made their own batteries. Whittingham said his time in Sweden was jam packed with events every day, 12 hours a day. From the minute he stepped off the plane, Whittingham said he was treated like royalty.