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Nobel Laureate Sir Harold W. Kroto to speak at the University of Bridgeport on October 21

Leslie Geary
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Sir Harold W. Kroto, 1996 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will deliver a special lecture on science and education at the University of Bridgeport on Friday, October 21.

His address, “Creativity Sans Frontiers,” will begin at 3 p.m. at the Mertens Theater in the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

Sir Kroto, who is Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for discovering a spherical form of carbon known as C60, or fullerene.
Composed of 60 atoms and extremely stable, C60 resembled geodesic domes made by Buckminster Fuller and is hence also referred to as “buckyball.” The fullerene family discovered by the three scientists eventually included cylindrical carbon nanotubes that are the basis of nanotechnology today.

At Florida State, Sir Kroto founded Global Educational Outreach for Science, Engineering, and Technology, an educational campaign that embraces technology to improve the level of science education, from elementary school to college, throughout the world.

“We’re extremely honored to have a Nobel Laureate at the University of Bridgeport, particularly when the University is transitioning to a research-based institution,” said Dr. Prabir Patra, Director of Biomedical Engineering and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

“It was a lifetime opportunity when I met Sir Kroto in 2010 at Rice University, on the 25th anniversary of fullerene.  We spoke for quite a long time, and he graciously accepted President Salonen’s invitation to come speak.”

The event is being hosted by Office of the Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu