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Nobelist Richard Smalley, co-discoverer of buckyballs, dies

Howard Lovy and Rocky Rawstern bring us news of the death of Richard Smalley, who shared a Nobel Prize for the discovery of the buckyball. He was active in promoting the US National Nanotechnology Initiative and became an advocate of nanotechnology as a key approach to addressing the energy challenge.

6 Responses to “Nobelist Richard Smalley, co-discoverer of buckyballs, dies”

  1. Chris Cunningham Says:

    Richard – a brilliant man. You will be sorely missed.

    My thoughts are with your family.

  2. Michael Mehrle Says:

    What a loss – what depresses me the most is that Richard won’t be able to enjoy the fruits of a technological revolution he himself helped pioneer. Dying from leukemia will be a thing of the past 20 years from now and it is tragic that we have to lose such a brilliant mind to this disease.

    What is sure is that he won’t be forgotten – we all are standing on the shoulders of giants and he’s definitely one of them.

  3. Marcos Nalli Says:

    Sorry, but I not speak English! Uma grande perda a morte de Smalley. Não apenas pelo seu renome mundial, em particular pelo prêmio Nobel, mas pelo excelente teórico e expositor de idéias, especialmente inovadoras. Sentiremos sua falta.
    Marcos Nalli
    (Prof. de Filosofia – Universidade Estadual de Londrina/PR – Brasil)

  4. Christine Peterson Says:

    Approximate translation of the previous comment:

    A great loss the death of Smalley. Not only for his world-wide reputation, in particular for the Nobel Prize, but for the excellent theoretician and expositor of ideas, especially innovative. We will feel his lack.

    Marcos Nalli
    (Prof. of Philosophy – State University of Londrina/PR – Brazil)

  5. Harjinder Rughai Says:

    if we did not waste so much money on war we could have found a cure for cancer with the billions. thanks George w bush! you robbed me of Richard Smalley

  6. Antonietta Says:

    With the Prof.Smalley’s death his work probably is not finished.
    I see a possible correlation with his pathology and the nanoparticles he synthetized
    It is urgent I analyze his biopsies. If I see the presence of those nanoparticles in his pathological tissues my hypothesis can be true. This knowledge can save the life of other researchers.
    Dr. Antonietta M. Gatti
    Professor of Biomaterials at the University of Modena and ReggioEmilia (Italy)
    Consultant of the Italian Government for the Depleted-Uranium Related diseases in the soldiers.
    Coordinator of the European Project NANOPATHOLOGY

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