Physicist and astronomer who is considered the father of nanotechnology. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for his discovery of fullerenes.
He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1973, after getting his B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1965.
He believed in Old Earth creationism, a view which ran counter to what many other scientists believed.
He was the youngest of four siblings.
He won the Nobel Prize three years before Ahmed Zewail.