Richard Smalley, the discoverer of fullerenes


Richard Smalley (06 June 1943–28 October 2005) was born in Akron, Ohio. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Robert F. Curl Jr., Sir Harold W. Kroto “for their discovery of fullerenes.”

Though a skeptic of religion early in life, it is recorded that he had a drastic conversation to Christianity while undergoing chemotherapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

This is an excerpt from a prepared talk by Prof. Smalley for the Hope College Alumni reunion, October 29, 2005.

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Source: Smalley, Richard. “Prepared Remarks by Richard Smalley for 2005 Alumni Banquet (posthumous).” Hope College. Holland, Michigan. 29 Oct 2005.

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