IOP pays tribute to Sir Harry Kroto

4 May 2016

The IOP has paid tribute to Sir Harry Kroto, who has died at the age of 76.

Harry Kroto

A renowned physical chemist, Sir Harry and two of his colleagues won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for showing that carbon could exist as a structure of 60 carbon atoms known as buckminsterfullerene or buckyballs. He was also a keen advocate of public engagement in science and was substantially involved in outreach, particularly to schoolchildren.

The IOP’s chief executive, Professor Paul Hardaker, said: “Harry was an outstanding science communicator as well as an outstanding scientist. His enthusiasm was infectious as was his drive to motivate schoolchildren to enjoy science whether as a career or just for fun.”

Among obituaries of Sir Harry there are tributes in the Guardian and the Telegraph.