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Robert Curl

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Robert Curl
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Curl in 2009
Born(1933-08-23)August 23, 1933
DiedJuly 3, 2022(2022-07-03) (aged 88)
Alma materRice Institute, BS; University of California, Berkeley, PhD
Known forThe discovery of fullerenes
AwardsNobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996. Cross-cultural ambassador at Sorbonne University UNESCO Club
Scientific career
FieldsChemistry
InstitutionsRice University, Harvard University
ThesisSome spectroscopic and thermodynamic properties of molecules (1957)
Doctoral advisorKenneth Pitzer
Doctoral studentsLihong V. Wang
James L. Kinsey

Robert Floyd Curl Jr. (August 23, 1933 – July 3, 2022) was an American chemist. He was a professor of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry at Rice University.[1] He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for the discovery of the nanomaterial buckminsterfullerene.

Curl died in Houston, Texas on July 3, 2022, at the age of 88.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Robert F. Curl". Department of Chemistry, Rice University. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  2. Jade Boyd (July 4, 2022). "Nobel laureate, beloved Rice professor Robert Curl dead at 88". Rice University. Retrieved July 5, 2022.