Sir Harold Kroto is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the area of fullerene science. In 1996 Harry was jointly awarded, with Richard Smalley and Robert Curl of Rice University, Texas, the Nobel Laureate for Chemistry for the discovery, in 1985, of the molecule C60, now known as Buckminster Fullerene or colloquially Buckyball. In the same year Harry Kroto became Sir Harry when he was knighted for his lifetime record of contributions to chemistry. Prior to receipt of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Professor Kroto had already received a number of international awards in materials and chemistry, including the prestigious International Prize for New Materials from the American Physical Society and the Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize. He had also been appointed to a Royal Society Research Professorship, an unusual position granted to the most innovative scientists in Great Britain, which frees them from teaching and administrative responsibilities. He is Chairman of the board of the Vega Science Trust, which is produces science programs for network television. 35 have been made and so far 20 have been broadcast on the BBC Learning Zone.