Tree memorial for Sir Harry Kroto, FRS 1930 - 2016

Professor Sheila MacNeil and Professor John Haycock lead tributes to Professor Sir Harry Kroto, FRS 1939 – 2016.

Prof Sheila MacNeil, Dr Nicola Green and Prof John Haycock stool by the remembrance tree

To mark the significant work of Professor Sir Harry Kroto, Professor Sheila MacNeil and Professor John Haycock have led a team of staff in organising a tribute to the Nobel Prize winning chemist, graduate and friend of the University.

Working with Mark Wagner, Engineering at Sheffield, and Faculty Estates Landscaping, the team have planted a paper bark maple tree and produced a plaque as a mark of remembrance of the exceptional work of Harry, as he was known, and have presented a book of remembrance to Margaret Kroto.

Many staff based in the Kroto Research Institute, a building which carries Harry's name, worked closely with him for many years in particular in teaching others his research - his Buckyball workshops engaged children all around the world to learn more about science.

The team have chosen the deciduous tree for its year round interest; from its cinnamon rough peeling bark in Winter to the small pendant yellow flowers in Summer. It stands as a fitting emblem for highlighting he importance of Harry’s work.

Estates Landscape Team planting the tree

Prof Sheila MacNeil planting the tree

Remembrance plaque

Further information

Professor Sir Harold Kroto studied Chemistry at the University of Sheffield and in 1961 he obtained a first class BSc honours degree, followed in 1964 by a PhD.

In 1996 Harry was awarded the Nobel Chemistry Prize for discovering a new form of carbon, known as "buckminsterfullerene", which stands alongside the two other well-defined forms, diamond and graphite. 

In 2006 he unveiled the world's first Giant Buckyball sculpture outside the Kroto Research Institute at the University of Sheffield which highlights the importance of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology research being undertaken in the Institute and the exciting promise of these cutting-edge research areas for combating the major socio-economic and humanitarian issues, such as environmental remediation, remedial medicine and advanced materials that now confront us.

A memorial photography album of Harry's work at the University can be viewed here.