Nobel Prize Laureate To Examine Science, Society, and Space at Rensselaer
Sir Harold Walter Kroto, Winner of the 1996
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Will Speak on Oct. 19 at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute as Part of Vollmer Fries Lecture
Sir Harold Walter Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in
Chemistry, will speak at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
about science in today’s society.
Kroto’s presentation, titled “Science and Society in the
21st Century,” will take place at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.
19, in room 330 of the Darrin Communications Center (DCC) at
Rensselaer. A reception will follow in the Ansell Lounge of the
Jonsson Engineering Center. He will also present a
separate lecture titled “Carbon in Nano and Outer Space” at 11
a.m. in DCC 337 as part of the Rensselaer Department of Materials
Science and Engineering Seminar Series. Both lectures are
free and open to the public and the Rensselaer community.
“We are extremely pleased and excited to welcome Dr. Kroto
to the Rensselaer campus, and to hear what I’m sure will be two
insightful and lively lectures,” said
Robert Hull, head of the Department of Materials Science
and Engineering at Rensselaer. “Dr. Kroto is a tour de
force in the areas of materials science as well as science
education, and I am very confident his visit will be memorable
for our students, faculty, and staff.”
Kroto was a member of the research team to discover the
C60 carbon fullerenes, a breakthrough with major
implications across broad fields of materials science,
chemistry, physics, and biomedicine. His morning lecture will
be on topics surrounding the discovery of C60 carbon
fullerenes, stellar research, and the investigation of the
90-year-old mystery of Diffuse Interstellar Bands (DIBs).
Kroto’s afternoon presentation, part of the Rensselaer Vollmer
Fries Lecture Series, will focus on his thesis that a liberal,
democratic sociopolitical environment is a necessary condition
for creativity in the sciences and the arts to flourish.
See the full abstracts of Kroto’s presentations at: http://bit.ly/nv3etX
Kroto is a Francis Eppes professor of chemistry at Florida
State University, where he is carrying out research in
nanoscience and cluster chemistry as well as developing new
Internet approaches to science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM) educational outreach. In 1996, he was
knighted for his contributions to chemistry and later that year
was one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London, and holds an
emeritus professorship at the University of Sussex in Brighton,
United Kingdom. Kroto also initiated the Global Educational
Outreach for Science, Engineering, and Technology program, or
GEOSET, which seeks to exploit the revolutionary creative
dynamics of the Internet to improve the general level of
science teaching worldwide. See his full bio at http://bit.ly/nv3etX.
Kroto’s visit is part of the Vollmer Fries Lecture Series,
sponsored by the Office of the Provost and
the Department of Materials
Science and Engineering at Rensselaer.
The Vollmer Fries Lecture Series was established by Vollmer
Fries, who graduated from Rensselaer in 1924 with a degree in
electrical engineering. He led several manufacturing companies
and served his country during World War II, serving as deputy
chief of the War Production Board. In 1950, Fries became a
member of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees.
Contact: Michael Mullaney
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