Richard E. Smalley

Richard E. Smalley, 1943–2005. ‘The world lost a major intellect with the death on Oct. 28 of Richard E. Smalley from leukemia (see page 7). Smalley shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of the fullerenes, but by then he had become more focused on the potential of cousins of the fullerenes-carbon nanotubes-and had become a champion of a national research initiative on nanotechnology. In recent years, in addition to his research on numerous nanotechnology fronts, Smalley had focused on the massive challenge the world faces with regard to energy.’

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