name = Richard Errett Smalley
caption = Richard Errett Smalley
June 6, 1943
October 28, 2005
Nobel Prize in Chemistryin 1996
religion = Christian
Richard Errett Smalley (
June 6, 1943– October 28, 2005) was the "Gene and Norman HackermanProfessor of Chemistry" and a Professor of Physicsand Astronomyat Rice University, in Houston, Texas. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistryin 1996 for the discovery of a new form of carbon, buckminsterfullerene("buckyballs") (with Robert Curl, also a professor of chemistry at Rice, and Harold Kroto, a professor at the University of Sussex).
Smalley, the youngest of 4 siblings, was born in
Akron, Ohio, and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.
Hope Collegebefore transferring to the University of Michiganwhere he received his B.S. in 1965. Between his studies, he worked in industry, where he developed his unique managerial style. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton Universityin 1973. He completed postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago, with Lennard Whartonand Donald Levy, where he was a pioneer in the development of supersonicbeam laser spectroscopy.
Fullerenes and nanotechnology
Smalley's research in physical chemistry investigated formation of inorganic and semiconductor clusters using the then-novel technique of
ion- cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. As a consequence of this expertise, Robert Curl introduced him to Harry Kroto in order to investigate a question about the constituents of astronomical 'dark matter'. The result of this collaboration was the discovery of C60 as the third allotropic form of carbon.
The research that earned Kroto, Smalley and Curl the Nobel Prize was published in the Nov. 14, 1985, issue of Nature as "C60: Buckminsterfullerene." Although only three people can be cited for a Nobel Prize, graduate students James R. Heath and Sean C. O'Brien participated in the work. Smalley mentions them in his Nobel Lecture. Heath went on to become a professor at CalTech and O'Brien joined Texas Instruments.
Following nearly a decade's worth of research into the formation of alternate fullerine compounds (e.g. c28, c70), as well as the synthesis of endohedral metallofullerinese (M@c60), reports of the identification of carbon nanotube structures led Rick to begin investigating the iron-catalyzed synthesis of carbon nanotubes.
As a consequence of these researches, Smalley was able to persuade the administration of Rice University under Malcolm Gillis to create the Rice Center for Nanoscience and Technology (CNST), focusing on any aspect of
Smalley's latest research was focused on
carbon nanotubes, specifically focusing on the chemical synthesisside of nanotube research. He is well-known for his group's invention of the high-pressure carbon monoxide(HiPco) method of producing large batches of high-quality nanotubes. Smalley spun off his work into a company, Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc. and associated nanotechnologies.
He was an outspoken critic of the idea of
molecular assemblers, as advocated by K. Eric Drexlerand introduced scientific objections to them. His two main objections, which he had termed the “fat fingers problem" and the "sticky fingers problem”, was that he believed they exclude the possibility of precision picking and placing of individual atoms. He also believed that Drexler’s speculations about apocalyptic dangers of molecular assemblers threaten the public support for development of nanotechnology. He debated Drexler in an exchange of letters which were published in Chemical & Engineering Newsas a point-counterpoint feature. [http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/8148/8148counterpoint.html]
In his later years, Smalley was very outspoken about the need for cheap,
clean energy, which he described as the number one problem facing humanity in the 21st century. He felt that improved science education was key, and went to great lengths to encourage young students to consider careers in science. His slogan for this effort was "Be a scientist, save the world."
religionin general for most of his life, Smalley became a Christianduring his last years. (See the Wikiquote for his personal statement in May 2005.)
At the Tuskegee University's 79th Annual Scholarship Convocation/Parents' Recognition Program he made the following statement regarding the subject of evolution while urging his audience to take seriously their role as the higher species on this planet. [http://www.tuskegee.edu/Global/story.asp?S=2382961] “The burden of proof is on those who don't believe that "'Genesis' was right, and there was a creation, and that Creator is still involved. We are the only species that can destroy the Earth or take care of it and nurture all that live on this very special planet. I'm urging you to look on these things. For whatever reason, this planet was built specifically for us. Working on this planet is an absolute moral code. ... Let's go out and do what we were put on Earth to do."
Old Earth creationistand astronomerHugh Ross spoke at Smalley's funeral, November 2, 2005. Audio of speech is available. [http://tourserver.rice.edu/audio/indiv.html]
In 1999 Smalley was diagnosed with
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which later became chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He died on October 28, 2005, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Centerin Houston, Texas, at the age of 62.
Hope College, Holland, Michigan, 1961-1963
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1965
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1971
*Ph.D., Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1973
publication-date=2005 Dec 23
title=Retrospective: Richard E. Smalley (1943-2005).
doi = 10.1126/science.1122120
*Smalley, R.E. [http://www.osti.gov/cgi-bin/rd_accomplishments/display_biblio.cgi?id=ACC0057&numPages=4&fp=N "Supersonic bare metal cluster beams. Final report"] ,
Rice University, United States Department of Energy--Office of Energy Research, (Oct. 14, 1997).
*Smalley, R.E. [http://www.osti.gov/cgi-bin/rd_accomplishments/display_biblio.cgi?id=ACC0056&numPages=14&fp=N "Supersonic Bare Metal Cluster Beams. Technical Progress Report, March 16, 1984 - April 1, 1985"] ,
Rice University, United States Department of Energy--Office of Basic Energy Sciences, (Jan. 1, 1985).
* Harold W. Dodds Fellow, Princeton University, 1973
* Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1978 - 1980
* Fellow of the
American Physical Society, 1987
* Fellow of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003
Awards and prizes
Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, American Physical Society, 1991
Popular ScienceMagazine Grand Award in Science & Technology, 1991
*APS International Prize for New Materials, 1992 (Joint with R. F. Curl & H. W. Kroto)
*Ernest O. Lawrence Memorial Award,
U.S. Department of Energy, 1992
*Welch Award in Chemistry,
Robert A. Welch Foundation, 1992
*Auburn-G.M. Kosolapoff Award, Auburn Section,
American Chemical Society, 1992
*Southwest Regional Award, American Chemical Society, 1992
William H. NicholsMedal, New York Section, American Chemical Society, 1993
*The John Scott Award, City of Philadelphia, 1993
*Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize,
European Physical Society, 1994
*Harrison Howe Award, Rochester Section, American Chemical Society, 1994
*Madison Marshall Award, North Alabama Section, American Chemical Society, 1995
The Franklin Institute, 1996
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 1996
*Rice University Homecoming Queen, Rice University Undergraduates, 1996 (according to [http://www.rice.edu/projects/thresher/issues/84/961101/News/Story06.html] , confirmed by Smalley's official CV at [http://smalley.rice.edu/smalley.cfm?doc_id=5111] )
*Distinguished Civilian Public Service Award, Department of the Navy, 1997
American Carbon SocietyMedal, 1997
*Top 75 Distinguished Contributors, Chemical & Engineering News, 1998
*Lifetime Achievement Award, Small Times Magazine, 2003
Glenn T. Seaborg Medal, University of California at Los Angeles, 2002
*Distinguished Alumni Award, Hope College, 2005
*50th Anniversary Visionary Award,
SPIE- International Society for Optical Engineering, 2005
* [http://www.osti.gov/accomplishments/smalley.html Biography and Bibliographic Resources] , from the
Office of Scientific and Technical Information, United States Department of Energy
* [http://smalley.rice.edu/ Smalley Group - Rice University]
* [http://nobelprize.org/chemistry/laureates/1996/press.html Official Press Release: 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry]
* [http://www.nobel.se/chemistry/laureates/1996/smalley-autobio.html Brief autobiography] – From the Nobel Foundation website
* [http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=7890 Nanotech pioneer, Nobel Laureate Richard Smalley dead at 62] – Rice University press release
* [http://www.cnanotech.com/ Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc.]
* [http://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/hydrogen/smalley.html Interview: Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Richard Smalley] – PBS Online NewsHour, "The Future of Fuel: Advances in Hydrogen Fuel Technology"
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20070807032733/http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/feature_pro.html?DOC=professionals%5cpro_energyplan.html Energy: the 50-year Plan] – Chemistry.org
* [http://www.researchchannel.org/prog/displayevent.aspx?rID=3427&fID=345 Energy] video of Richard Smalley – researchchannel.org
* [http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.200504094 Obituary by Harold Kroto, published in Angewandte Chemie]
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