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Nobel Prize-winning Chemist to Speak on Campus


Posted 10/06/2011
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Sir Harold Kroto
Sir Harold Kroto

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sir Harold Kroto will give a lecture at the University of Hartford on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium. Kroto won the Nobel Prize, together with two colleagues, for discovering a new form of carbon.

Kroto’s talk, which is part of the Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Program, is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, please stop by the University box office in Lincoln Theater or call the box office at 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587.

Kroto is the Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University, where he carries out research in cluster chemistry and metal organic framework systems. He also is developing the Global Educational Outreach for Science, Engineering, and Technology initiative.

In 1996, Kroto was knighted for his contributions to the field of chemistry and was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and holds an emeritus professorship at the University of Sussex in Brighton, United Kingdom.

Kroto earned his PhD in molecular spectroscopy at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. After postdoctoral positions at the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada, and Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., he started his independent academic career at the University of Sussex. In 1985, Kroto, with Robert Curl, Richard Smalley, and research students at Rice University in Texas, initiated laboratory experiments that simulated the chemical conditions in the atmospheres of red giant stars. These experiments revealed the existence of buckminsterfullerene (C60), a new form of carbon, the discovery of which earned Kroto, Curl, and Smalley the Nobel Prize.

Other honors awarded to Kroto have included the Copley Medal and Faraday Lectureship of the Royal Society as well as the Tilden and Longstaff Medals of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Kroto has served on the Board of Scientific Governors at Scripps Institute since 2004. He was elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 2007.

Sir Harold Kroto
Sir Harold Kroto

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