High schoolers hear from Nobel-winning scientists

November 1, 2010

Students at the DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Students at the DeBakey High School for Health Professions applaud after hearing a talk from Nobel Laureates Drs. Robert Curl and Harold Kroto.
Drs. Robert Curl and Harold Kroto
Drs. Robert Curl and Harold Kroto, winners of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996, talked to DeBakey High School students about discovering a form of carbon known as a "buckyball."

Students at the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions had a visit from Nobel Laureates Robert F. Curl Jr., Ph.D. and Sir Harold W. Kroto, Ph.D. who with late colleague Richard Smalley, discovered the third basic form of carbon known as C60, or the "buckyball." They received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1996 for their discovery, which marked the beginning of a new field of science—fullerene chemistry. Their talk was a part of Rice University's Civic Scientist Lecture Series.

The DeBakey High School is a joint project of Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Independent School District. The school enables students to obtain the most rigorous education they need to do well as undergraduates and eventually pursue a career in health science.