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Sir Harold Walter Kroto, FRS (born Harold Walter Krotoschiner, 7 October 1939 – 30 April 2016),[1] known as Harry Kroto, was an English chemist.[2]


Harry Kroto

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Kroto in 2010
Born
Harold Walter Krotoschiner

(1939-10-07)7 October 1939
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Died30 April 2016(2016-04-30) (aged 76)
Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
Alma materUniversity of Sheffield
Known forBuckminsterfullerene
ChildrenDavid and Stephen
Awards
Scientific career
FieldsChemistry
Institutions
ThesisThe spectra of unstable molecules under high resolution (1964)
InfluencesHarry Heaney
Websitewww.kroto.info

Kroto shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for their discovery of fullerenes. He spent a large part of his career at the University of Sussex, where he was an emeritus professor.[3] Kroto was an early supporter of Asteroid Day.[4][5]

Kroto died on 30 April 2016 in Lewes, East Sussex from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 76.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Harry Kroto (1939–2016): A salesman of science in the best sense of the term". Wave Function. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  2. Ghosh, Pallab 2016. Tributes for Nobel prize chemist Harry Kroto. BBC News Science & Environment. [1]
  3. "Harold Kroto: University of Sussex". University of Sussex. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  4. "Asteroid Day tries to save life as we know it". The Observer. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  5. "Sir Harry Kroto Official page on Asteroid Day". Asteroid Day.
  6. Nicholas St. Fluer (May 4, 2016). "Harold Kroto, Nobel Prize Winning Chemist, Is Dead at 76". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2016.

Other websitesEdit

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