Nobel Prize Winner and Former Hope
Student Richard Smalley to Speak
Posted April 2, 2002
HOLLAND -- Dr. Richard Smalley, a 1996 Nobel Prize
winner and former Hope College student, will speak at Hope
on Friday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in room 102 of VanderWerf
Smalley will present "Buckytubes! New Materials
and Devices from Carbon" as the college's annual James and
Jeanette Neckers Lectureship in Chemistry. He is the Gene
and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry and Professor of
Physics at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he also
directs the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Smalley attended Hope from 1961 to 1963 before
completing a bachelor of science degree in chemistry at the
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1965. After working
for several years as a research chemist for Shell Chemical
Company, he attended Princeton University, where he
completed a master of arts degree in 1971 and a doctorate in
1973. He joined the Rice faculty in 1976 as a professor of
chemistry, and has also been a member of the physics
department since 1990. He was named to his endowed chair in
He has received several awards and prizes for his
research. He was elected to the National Academy of
Sciences in 1990, and the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences in 1991.
The James and Jeanette Neckers Lectureship and
Student Assistance Fund through which Smalley is speaking
was established in 1984 by Dr. James W. and Jeanette Hoffman
Neckers, members of the college's Class of 1923, to support
annual lectureships in chemistry. Through additional gifts
from Dr. Neckers, the fund has been expanded to include
student summer research stipends and student scholarships.
Jeanette Neckers died on June 10, 1992. James
Neckers, who lives in Carbondale, Ill,. was chairman of the
Department of Chemistry at Southern Illinois University at
Carbondale for 37 of his 40 years at the university. Under
his leadership, the department grew from a three-year
offering in chemistry to granting the doctorate; the faculty
grew from three to 23.