Nobel Prize Scientist Visits Campus

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sir Harold Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will present “Science, Society and Sustainability,” an inspirational lecture on all aspects of science, on Friday, February 19, at 7 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts on the University of West Georgia campus.

Sir Harold Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will present “Science, Society and Sustainability,” an inspirational lecture on all aspects of science, on Friday, February 19, at 7 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts on the University of West Georgia campus. School groups, teachers, students and the curious will enjoy this unique opportunity. The event is free and the community is invited to attend. Seating is limited and a ticket will be required for admission. Tickets can be picked up at the TCPA during box office hours Monday through Friday. 

Kroto, one of chemistry's best known scientists, is a Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University.

Kroto, while at the University of Sussex, and Richard Smalley and Bob Curl of Rice University, discovered the Buckminsterfullerene structure or Buckyballs in 1985 during a joint research project. Their discovery lead to the Nobel Prize in 1996.

The discovery was named after the architect Richard Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome structure, which bears a resemblance to the Buckyballs.

Kroto will talk about the importance of science in the classroom and in our everyday life. A speaker with a sense of humor, his stories will both entertain and fascinate.

The event is sponsored by the UWG science and math outreach program, Improving Motivation, Performance and Attitudes of Children and Teachers or IMPACT, and is funded by the Alice Huffard Richards Fund of the Community Foundation of West Georgia.

The Townsend Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For ticket information, call 678-839-4722.

To learn more about Professor Harry Kroto, read his autobiography at http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1996/kroto-autobio.html.