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Robert Curl
Born August 23, 1933 (1933-08-23)
Alice, Texas, United States
Fields Chemistry
Institutions Rice University,
Harvard University
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Known for fullerene
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996

Robert Floyd Curl, Jr. (born August 23, 1933) the son of a Methodist Minister[1] is an emeritus professor of chemistry at Rice University.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for the discovery of fullerene (with the late Richard Smalley, also of Rice University, and Harold Kroto of the University of Sussex).

Born in Alice, Texas, United States, Curl received a B.A. from Rice University in 1954 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1957. Professor Curl's current research interests involve physical chemistry, developing DNA genotyping and sequencing instrumentation, and creating quantum cascade laser-based mid-infrared trace gas monitoring instrumentation. Curl often attended the German table at Hanszen College at Rice University. Curl graduated from William Adams High School in Alice, Texas.

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Robert Floyd Curl, Jr. (born August 23, 1933) is an emeritus professor of chemistry at Rice University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for the discovery of fullerene.

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  • In science, conjecture drives both experiment and theory for it is only by forming conjectures (hypotheses) that we can make the direction of our experiments and theories informed. If such and such is true, then I should be able to do this experiment and look for this particular result or I should be able to find this theoretical formulation. Conversely, experiment and theory drive conjecture. One makes a startling observation or has a sudden insight and begins to speculate on its significance and implications and to draw possible conclusions (conjecture).
    • in his Nobel Lecture, December 7, 1996, Dawn of the Fullerenes: Experiment and Conjecture

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