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Legislation #: 970404 Introduction Date: 3/27/1997
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER ZCLEAVER(OLD)
Title: Honoring Dr. R. E. Smalley on being selected as a recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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RESOLUTION NO. 970404

 

Honoring Dr. R. E. Smalley on being selected as a recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

 

WHEREAS, Dr. Smalley, a Kansas City native, received his B.S. degree in 1965 from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. from Princeton in 1973; and

 

WHEREAS, during an unusually productive postdoctoral period, Dr. Smalley with Lennard Wharton and Donald Levy at the University of Chicago, pioneered what has become one of the most powerful techniques in chemical physics, supersonic beam laser spectroscopy. Dr. Smalley has been at Rice University since 1976, where he is a Professor in the Department of Physics, and was appointed Director of the new Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice in 1996; and

 

WHEREAS, Dr. Smalley is the recipient of many awards including the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; and

 

WHEREAS, Dr. Smalley is widely known for the discovery and characterization of C60 (Buckminsterfullerene), a soccerball-shaped molecule which, together with other fullerenes such as C70, now constitutes the third elemental form of carbon (after graphite and diamond). His group has also been the first to generate fullerenes with metals trapped on the inside. His current research is focused on the production of continuous carbon fibers which are essentially giant single-fullerene molecules. Just a few nanometers in width, but many centimeters in length, these fullerene fibers are expected to be the strongest fibers ever made, 100 times stronger than steel; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby extend to Dr. R. E. Smalley its most heartfelt congratulations on being a recipient of this International Honor; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Dr. R. E. Smalley with the best wishes of the Mayor, Council and citizens of Kansas City.

 

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