Letters and emails

Letters and emails to, from, or about Harry Kroto.


Letters to Harry Kroto

From students

Letter from E A (PDF, 9.07KB)

Letter from J J (PDF, 40.5KB)

School reports

Lower school comments (PDF, 180KB)

Form tutor comments (PDF, 227KB)

Letter of recommendation to the University of Sheffield from Mr Poskitt (PDF, 211KB)


Rejection from the Paul Instrument Fund (PDF, 892KB)

Referees comments on C60 paper (PDF, 309KB)

Letter criticising our assignment of the C60 MS signal to Buckminsterfullerene, 1987 (PDF, 5.75MB)

Hand written letter from the Nation Research Council, Canada, 1975.

Letters from Harry Kroto

Letter published in The Times, 2003, written with Jo Rotblat and supported by all but one UK Nobel Laureate urging Blair and Bush not to attack Iraq. Download letter (PDF, 133KB).

27 Nobel laureates join Sir Ian McKellen to protest over Russia’s gay ‘propaganda’ ban. View article.

Open letter published in The Independent, 2015. Written by John Polanyi and supported by 15 other Nobel Laureates exhorting KAUST to intervene on behalf of Raif Badawi. Download letter (PDF, 99.6KB)

Harry Kroto:

"This email from a KAUST academic sums up the problem of our time.

"Oh dear, we hurt his feelings by writing a letter to complain about the torture of Badawi (1000 lashes, 10 years in jail and an exorbitant fine) for writing a liberal blog.

"Dear Professor Kroto,

"I now understand fully where you are getting to. You are like saying: “how dare you say that you Muslims/Christians/etc are in paradise and I, Harry, and a very big number of human beings are all in hell after death just because we are not following your book. Who are you to say this?”

"Before responding in details, I will ask you the same question: “what do you think Harry when you said that me and all Saudis who support Badawi’s punishment are barbaric, backward people?!” Why should I change my belief to take your feelings, while you are not willing to change your belief to take care of my feelings?!! Why did not you think of our feelings when you signed the letter, but you ask us to remember you and Sam all the time and “believe” accordingly so we don’t hurt your feelings?!!!

"Pretty unbelievable but maybe many think sadistic torture is OK for enlightened criticism. Very dispiriting."

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