3 May 2016

Chemistry laureate Kroto dies

Renowned chemist Sir Harold Kroto, a Nobel Laureate in chemistry and MagLab user, died April 30, 2016. He was 76.

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Kroto, whose 1996 Nobel Prize recognized his key role in the discovery of fullerenes, spent the last decade of his eminent career at Florida State University, where access to the MagLab was a big draw.

During those years in Tallahassee, Kroto was principal investigator on half a dozen experiments in the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Facility. Collaborations with the MagLab’s Alan Marshall, Naresh Dalal, Paul Dunk and others yielded numerous publications on fullerenes, metal organic framework systems and other topics.

In a 2014 interview done for FSU’s Across the Spectrum magazine, Kroto cited his work at the MagLab and FSU as “some of the best work I’ve done.”

“Very beautiful,” said Kroto, “well up there intellectually with my previous work, so I am very happy with that.”

Kroto also devoted much of his life to educating and inspiring students and lay people across the globe about science.

Last modified on 3 May 2016