Sunday, October 30, 2005

Richard Smalley - RIP

Nobel Laureate Richard Smalley passed away last week. He had been suffering from Cancer for a while, so the death was not a complete surprise, although it was a little sudden.

Smalley got his Nobel prize for discovering fullerenes, and while many were not convinced at the time of the use of fullerenes, I think today there is no argument that the kinds carbon-based nanotechnologies that he pioneered are here to stay. Smalley was also an opponent of "Drexlerian" nanotechnology, which focus on molecular nanomachines (I think Smalley called this "dry" nanotechnology).

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