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Harry Kroto
Kroto in 2010
BornHarold Walter Krotoschiner
(1939-10-07)7 October 1939
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Died30 April 2016(2016-04-30) (aged 76)
Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Sheffield
Known forBuckminsterfullerene
InfluencesHarry Heaney
Notable awards
This person won a Nobel Prize
Sir Harold Walter Kroto, FRS (born Harold Walter Krotoschiner, 7 October 1939 – 30 April 2016),[1] known as Harry Kroto, was an English chemist.[2]

Kroto shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for their discovery of fullerenes. He spent a large part of his career at the University of Sussex, where he was an emeritus professor.[3] Kroto was an early supporter of Asteroid Day.[4][5]

Kroto died on 30 April 2016 in Lewes, East Sussex from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 76.[6]


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