X-Message-Number: 27314
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2005 11:08:14 -0500
From: Jonathan Despres <>
Subject: Famed Houston scientist Richard Smalley dies

Richard Errett Smalley, a gifted chemist who shared a Nobel Prize for
the discovery of buckyballs, helped pioneer the field of
nanotechnology and became Houston's most notable scientist, died this
afternoon after a six-year struggle with cancer. He was 62.

Smalley possessed prodigious talent both within the lab, where he
cobbled individual atoms together like tinker toys, and outside
academia after he won science's greatest prize. In the decade since he
became a Nobel laureate, Smalley pushed Rice University and Houston to
the forefront of nanotechnology research.


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