Professor Sir Harry Kroto  

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Florida State University
The Kroto Research Institute, University of Sheffield, U.K.


Ex-officio member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the SCOPE Rapid Assessment Project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon


Professor Sir Harold Kroto studied Chemistry at the University of Sheffield and in 1961 he obtained a first class BSc honours degree, followed in 1964 by a PhD.
In 1996 he was awarded the Nobel Chemistry Prize for discovering a new form of carbon, known as "buckminsterfullerene", which stands alongside the two other well-defined forms, diamond and graphite.
Professor Sir Harold Kroto, namesake of the Kroto Research Institute at The University of Sheffield which is directed by Professor Steven Banwart, unveiled the world´s first `Giant Buckyball´ sculpture on site in 2006 as a fitting emblem, highlighting the importance of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology research being undertaken in the Institute and the exciting promise of these cutting-edge research areas for combating the major socio-economic and humanitarian issues, such as environmental remediation, remedial medicine and advanced materials that now confront us.

Global Educational Outreach (GEO)

The Kroto Research Institute run a GEO recording studio as part of Professor Sir Harry Kroto's Global Educational Outreach network and provides a simple way of recording and publishing on the Internet any presentation that communicates science in ways interesting to young people.