Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Back to buckyballs

A post at bnet titled How One Company Taxes Women Who Are Bad at Science and Math contains the text:

But the settlement also allows IntelliGender to stay in business simply because it has changed its web site a little bit. It is no longer claiming that the IntelliGender team includes Nobel Prize winning chemist Sean O’Brien, because O’Brien didn’t win the Nobel prize. He was a grad student on the Nobel team of Richard Smalley, who did actually win a Nobel for discovering the “buckyball” form of carbon.

Richard Smalley, now deceased, did win a Nobel Prize in chemistry. Smalley, with Sir Harry Kroto, published in 1985 that C60, discovered in 1984, had the structure of a truncated icosahedron, which carbon molecule they termed buckminsterfullerene, or buckyball for short. They understood the structure, but they did not discover the material.


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