Sir Harold W. Kroto Biography
Birthday: October 7, 1939 (Libra)
Born In: Wisbech, United Kingdom
Sir Harold Walter Kroto was a Nobel Prize winning English chemist, best known for the discovery of buckminsterfullerene. He was born in England as Harold Walter Krotoschiner about a month after the outbreak of the Second World War to a Jewish refugee from Berlin. Initially he had to work extra hard to assimilate with rest of the kids at school because of his surname. Later his father changed it to Kroto. At school, he was particularly fond of geography, art, woodwork and gymnastic. His interest began to gravitate towards chemistry, physics and mathematics when he reached A-level. Ultimately, he entered The University of Sheffield with chemistry and earned both is BSc and PhD from there. Subsequently, after a short stint of postdoctoral fellow in Canada and America, he joined the University of Sussex as a tutorial fellow, slowly working his way up to become a full professor. Concurrently, he worked on various topics. Creating the first molecules with carbon/phosphorus double bonds and the discovering the carbon chains in space are two of his most important works prior to his now famous work on buckminsterfullerene. He spent his later years, working relentlessly to bring science to everybody who cares for it.