Nobel Prize Winner to Visit Baylor March 6-7

Feb. 27, 1997

Dr. Richard E. Smalley, the Gene and Norman Hackerman professor of chemistry at Rice University and winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will speak at Baylor University March 6-7 during the Gooch-Stephens Lecture Series.

Smalley earned national recognition for his discovery of a soccer-shaped molecule C60 (Buckminsterfullerene) known as the "Buckyball." The Buckyball molecule with other fullerenes molecules constitutes the third elemental form of carbon. Current research conducted by Smalley includes the production of continuous carbon fibers.

Smalley will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Room 100 of the Marrs McLean Science Building. He will speak again at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Room 202 of Marrs McLean. The topics will explore "The Future of the Fullerenes" and "Molecular Quantum Wires and Probes" respectively. Thursday's lecture will relate to general audiences, but the Friday lecture will contain more technical language.

Smalley won the 1996 Franklin Medal. Other awards Smalley has earned include the 1995 Madison Marshall Award, the 1994 Harrison Howe Award, the 1994 Europhysics Prize and many other major research honors. One of the founders of the Quantum Institute at Rice, Smalley also serves as director of the Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology at Rice.

The Gooch-Stephens Lecture Series recognizes the outstanding contributions of two Baylor chemistry professors and chemistry department chairs Drs. W.T. Gooch and W.R. Stephens. The lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Marianna Busch, professor and chair of chemistry, or Dr. Stephen Gipson, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Gooch-Stephens Lecture Committee, at 755-3311.

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