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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
    gatti@unimo.it
    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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