On This Day – August 23 : American chemist Robert Curl was born on this day in 1933

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Curl, Richard E. Smalley and Harold Kroto discovered fullerenes, which are Kroto-spherical clusters of carbon atoms. This discovery opened a new branch of chemistry, and all three men were awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry in recognition of their work.

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What happened today in chemistry? Explore 366 days of chemistry history at On This Day in Chemistry, an RSC Learn Chemistry site. rsc.li/chemistry-calendar