ROBERT CURL (USA b.1933) HAROLD KROTO (UK b.1939) RICHARD SMALLEY (USA 1943-2005)

1985 – USA

‘A form of the element carbon exists in which the atoms are arranged in tiny, hollow spheres shaped like soccer-balls’

Photograph of ROBERT CURL ©

ROBERT CURL

 

Photograph of RICHARD SMALLEY - one of the team who first described 'Bucky balls'

RICHARD SMALLEY

Photograph of HAROLD KROTO - one of the team who first described 'Bucky balls' &copy:

HAROLD KROTO

Carbon may form long chains, but a structure of 60 atoms arrayed in a sphere of interlocking 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons also would form a stable structure.

Such structures are termed ‘buckyballs’ – after architect Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes made from glass and metal, which demonstrate a similar structure on a macroscopic scale.

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ALLAN WILSON (1934-91)TIMELINE

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