One of the most outstanding chemists and thinkers of the age, Harry Kroto died, aged 76 at the end of April. Kroto was a polymath, being chemist, designer, science communicator and much more. He will perhaps be best remembered for his Nobel Prize winning work alongside Robert Curl and the late Rick Smalley into the discovery of the fullerenes. The all-carbon, soccerball-shaped molecules, nicknamed buckyballs after Kroto's design hero Richard Buckminster Fuller. The discovery of the fullerenes ultimately gave rise to an entirely new field of chemical and materials science, spawning the carbon nanotubes and underpinning research that is now exploiting the two-dimensional carbon material, graphene.
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