Harold Walter Kroto y el descubrimiento de los fullerenos

El premio Nobel en 1985 por su descubrimiento de la molécula del carbono 60 falleció el sábado

EL PAÍS 2 MAY 2016 

El pasado sábado falleció Harold Walter Kroto, uno de esos escasos científicos que marcan una época y cuya aportación a la ciencia queda para siempre grabada en el acervo cultural de la humanidad. En primer lugar, por el enorme alcance del descubrimiento científico de los fullerenos que realizó, en 1985, junto a Robert Curl y el ya fallecido Richard E. Smalley —además de los entonces estudiantes Jim Heath y Sean O’Brien— y que, 11 años después, les valió la concesión del premio Nobel de Química de 1996.



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