Harry Kroto


Harry Kroto : biography

7 October 1939 –

In 1995 he jointly set up the Vega Science Trust a UK educational charity (see ) to create high quality science films including lectures, interviews with Nobel Laureates, discussion programmes, careers and teaching resources for TV and Internet Broadcast. Vega has produced some 280 plus programmes of which 50 have been broadcast on BBC TV. All programmes stream for free from the Vega website which acts as a TV science channel. The website which is accessed by over 165 countries is designed by Harry Kroto and shows his other main interest – graphic design. From 2002–2004 he served as President of the Royal Society of Chemistry.. Rsc.org. Retrieved on 2011-12-25.

Since 2004 he has held the Francis Eppes Professorship in the chemistry department at Florida State University and presently carries out research in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

He attended and was a speaker at the Beyond Belief symposia in 2006 and 2007.

He spoke at Auburn University on April 29, 2010, and at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University with Robert Curl on October 13, 2010.. Bakerinstitute.org (2010-10-13). Retrieved on 2011-12-25.

In October 2010 Kroto participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Lunch with a Laureate program where middle and high school students had the opportunity to engage in an informal conversation with a Nobel Prize winning Scientist.. usasciencefestival.org

He also presented at IIT Mumbai Tech-fest in 2010.

He spoke at Mahatma Gandhi University, at Kottayam, in Kerala, India in January 2011, where he was an ‘Erudite’ special invited lecturer of the Government of Kerala, from Jan 5 to 11, 2011.. Mgu.ac.in. Retrieved on 2011-12-25.

Kroto spoke at CSIcon 2011. CSIcon is a convention "dedicated to scientific inquiry and critical thinking" organized by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry in association with Skeptical Inquirer magazine and the Center for Inquiry.

Kroto runs learning workshops for children, and most recently (February 2013) ran one on buckyballs for 250 children (7-11 years old) at Penn State University.

Honours and awards

Kroto was made a Knight Bachelor in the 1996 New Year’s Honours list.

Kroto is a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering, as well as of the Board of Scientific Governors at The Scripps Research Institute. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University in 2011.