Robert Floyd Curl, Jr. was born on August 23, 1933 in Alice, Texas, United States.

Curl received a B.A. from Rice University in 1954 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1957. Professor Curl’s current research interests involve physical chemistry, developing DNA genotyping and sequencing instrumentation, and creating quantum cascade laser-based mid-infrared trace gas monitoring instrumentation. Curl often attended the German table at Hanszen College at Rice University.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for the discovery of fullerence (with the late Richard Smalley, also of Rice University, and Harold Kroto of the University of Sussex).

Prof. Robert Floyd Curl Jr. delivered a talk and gave away the B.M. Birla Science Prizes on December 31, 2007. He is seen above with Mrs. Nirmala Birla, President of the Centre.