part of the University of Leicester's 80th Anniversary celebrations, the Faculty
of Science Lecture will be given by one of the country's leading scientists.
of Leicester Dean of Science Professor John Fothergill said: "I am
delighted that Professor Sir Harry Kroto is able to give the Faculty of Science
Public Lecture for the University's 80th anniversary.
Kroto won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996 for the discovery of a new
molecular form of carbon. I
have heard Harry talk and he gives a very interesting and entertaining
presentation. His lecture
will not just be about his own scientific work, but he will also talk about the
ways in which science can be presented to make it more interesting to the
Sir Harry Kroto was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996 for the
discovery of a new form of carbon molecule. The molecule, which comprises 60
carbon atoms, is shaped like a football. The
bonds between the atoms form the hexagons and pentagons from which a football is
made. This new substance was called
"Buckminsterfullerene" (the molecule is often affectionately known as
a "buckyball") after Buckminster Fuller, the US architect who designed
the geodesic dome at Expo '67 in Montreal.
buckminsterfullerene molecule has proved to be the basic building block of
larger structures which have surprising properties. For example this elegant
cage molecule can hold other atoms, it can form tiny "nano" tubes or
the buckyballs can be joined together to form superconducting structures, which
have zero electrical resistance.
discovery, which was stimulated by Kroto's observation of new carbon-based
molecules in space, was somewhat surprising since organic (i.e. carbon-based)
chemistry, has been studied intensely for over 300 years.
A whole new world has been found, waiting to be discovered.
Sir Harry Kroto's lecture, entitled "Science - a round peg in a square
world" will take place on Thursday 24 January 2002 at 7 pm in Lecture
Theatre 1, Ken Edwards Building, on the University of Leicester main campus.
Kroto's reputation as an entertaining speaker has meant that there is
considerable demand for tickets for this Faculty of Science Lecture, which is
aimed at A-level students as well as the general public. Tickets are free and available from Mrs Chris Goddard,
PA to the Dean of Science, telephone 0116 252 3403, email email@example.com.
to editors: Further
information is available from Professor John Fothergill, Dean of Science,
University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 3403, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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