Sir Harold Kroto


Harry Kroto Answers Questions on the NobelPrize YouTube Channel

The fourth in a series of Q&A sessions with Nobel Laureates on YouTube features Harry Kroto, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for discovering that carbon atoms can assemble into soccer-ball-shaped structures of molecules, known as fullerenes or buckyballs. In the videos below he responds to a selection of questions posted on the NobelPrize YouTube channel. His answers reveal his interest in graphic design, his memories of discovering C60, and his views on the future of nanoscience and science education more generally.

View all 28 questions and Harry Kroto’s answers!

Interview, June 2000

Interview with Sir Harold Kroto by Astrid Gräslund at the meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, June 2000.

Sir Harold Kroto talks about his family background and education; his interest in spectroscopy research (8:19); his first position at Sussex University (10:37); interstellar chemistry (12:50); the discovery of fullerenes (17:06); and potential future applications of his discovery (27:52).

Transcript of the Interview with Harold Kroto

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