John (Kappa) Cornforth http://www.vega.org.uk/video/programme/19 http://www.vega.org.uk/video/programme/82
Everybody must read this http://www.vega.org.uk/video/internal/6 Scientists as Citizens
Gustav Born http://www.vega.org.uk/video/programme/92
Amand Lucas http://www.vega.org.uk/video/programme/80
Jon extracted C60 at Sussex the Monday before the fantastic paper of Kraetschmer annd Huffman landed on my desk on the following Friday to b refereed!!!! Bad day at Brighton Rock. Have a look at his greatb website: http://www.creative-science.org.uk/ http://www.sussex.ac.uk/geoset/inspiring
Dave Walton David was the the person who pioneered the synthesis of very long linear chains of carbon atoms… the polyynes: Walton Polyyne Synthesis Send for Carole. Carbyne is a mythical creature that people who know nothing about acetylene chemistry think is a real compound. Anyone who may have tried to condense a polyyne without bulky groups on the is probably dead!
Takeshi made one of the breakthroughs of the Century… the detection of the spectrum of H3+
In this paper http://fermi.uchicago.edu/publications/PDF/oka134.pdf Takeshi for some reason missed out the most extraordinary molecules… the polyynes which he and I detected with Lorne Avery ,Norm Broten and John McLeod…the reason: A chain of 9 C atoms seemed to me impossible to create in the molecular clouds in which we observed them…the main reason for doing the experiment which uncovered C60’s existence. Now with the detection of C60+ in the diffuse ISM by Maier’s group we have a possible explanation…C60+ may be the vehicle which transports the molecular carbon aggregates from the star in which it is formed and perhaps finally broken down by cosmic rays or multiple photon fragmentation into such species as HC9N.
First hand 1946 account of the tremendous value of Pencillin – video
Bill Klemperer http://www.vega.org.uk/video/programme/64
Alec was a great guy and he and Phil were very good family friends when we were at NRC. Alec helped me draft the research proposal that got me a post at Bell Labs. Alec identified CH+ in the ISM, and C3 in comets and also suggested carbon chains might be carriers of the DIBs … a second reason for carrying out the experiments which uncovered the existence of C60 in 1985. cf Takeshi’s section re Alec
David and I were at Bell Labs in Yoh Han Pao’s group 1966-67. He pioneered CNDO thery with Pople and Segal. He taught me computing and was the brains behind our two qantum chemistry publications
Richard Dawkins photo Jeremy Young 05-12-2006