Curl, Robert

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Curl, Robert Gender: M
Robert Floyd Curl Jr.
born on 23 August 1933 at 00:15 (= 12:15 AM )
Place Alice, Texas, 27n45, 98w04
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 29°39' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 23°49 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 10°41'

Robert Curl (2009)
photo: Douglas A. Lockard, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American physical chemist, awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for the discovery of the nanomaterial buckminsterfullerene, along with Richard Smalley (also of Rice University) and Harold Kroto of the University of Sussex.

Curl's later research interests involved physical chemistry, developing DNA genotyping and sequencing instrumentation, and creating photoacoustic sensors for trace gasses using quantum cascade lasers.

Curl retired in 2008 at the age of 74, becoming a University Professor Emeritus, Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus, and Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Rice University.

Curl married Jonel Whipple in 1955, with whom he had two children. He died in Houston on 3 July 2022 at the age of 88.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 1955 (Jonel Whipple)
  • Work : Prize 1996 (Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
  • Work : Retired 2008

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (PhD in chemistry)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Bridge)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 88)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Professor)
  • Vocation : Science : Chemistry
  • Vocation : Science : Physics
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize (Chemistry)