Nobel Prize Winner Speaks at VSU

February 8, 2006

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Sementha Mathews Manager of Public Information and Media Relations, Edtwon A. Myree Student Assistant

Nobel Prize Winner Speaks at VSU

Valdosta State University's College of Arts and Sciences will culminate its President's Lecture Series with a lecture on "Architecture in NanoSpace" by Sir Harold Kroto on February 15, at 7 p.m. in the Hugh C. Bailey Science Center Auditorium. Kroto was the recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Kroto's lecture will focus on the structure and use of very small molecules like Bucky balls, which is a structure of carbon atoms arranged like the surface pattern of a soccer ball. He will also discuss very small cylinders made up of carbon atoms called carbon nanotubes.

Kroto graduated in 1961 with a degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield and in 1964 received his doctorate in Chemistry. He began his academic career at the University of Sussex (Brighton) in 1967, and became a professor in 1985. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society and has received many awards ranging from his Tildon Lecturer Award in 1981-82 to his 1996 Knighthood and Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Kroto's lecture is the third and final presentation in the annual President's Lecture Series, which takes place during VSU's Centennial year. For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences at 229-333-5699.