Kroto, Sir Harold Walter

Kroto, Sir Harold Walter, 1939–, British chemist, Ph.D. Univ. of Sheffield, 1964. Kroto was a member of the faculty at Univ. of Sussex from 1967 to 2004 and is still an emeritus professor there. He has been a professor at Florida State Univ. since 2004. Kroto was corecipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for the discovery of fullerenes , which are carbon atoms bound in the form of a structure that looks like a soccer ball. The work opened up new avenues of research in chemistry, including efforts to exploit the unique properties of these materials in nanotechnology.

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