Buckyball Google Doodle: 25th anniversary and history of fullerene

By Daniel Chubb - Sep 4, 2010

It’s not often we see an interactive Google Doodle, and today we see just that with Google’s celebration of the Buckyball, which was first discovered in 1985 and today marks the 25th anniversary of the Bucky Ball.

You can see the Buckyball doodle via google.com, and those that want a little history into the Buckyball will need to look for “fullerene”. Wikipedia has a nice article all about fullerene (aka Buckminsterfullerine molecule) and the Buckyball here.

The discovery was named after Richard Buckminster Fuller, which had been discovered in Rice University, Texas. The group of scientists involved included Richard Smalley, Robert Curl, Sean O’Brien, James Heath, and Harold Kroto.

What do you think of today’s Google Doodle?

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  • Barry

    Love google. They have my vote to take over the world!

  • Rolls

    Buckyballs Are the shit. Go Chemistry and go UW Chem Dept.

  • Horus

    An amazing man with fantastic/futuristic ideas. The dymaxion map to the spaceship earth ideas are still relevant and to be honest I prefer the Dymaxion map over the normal Winkel as it shows area closer to reality, you can also make a nice globe straight out of it. Shame that football is the only place most people see a fullerene.

  • Ashley

    Happy 25th anniversary of Buckyball. Also Richard Buckminster Fuller for creating it!

  • Horus

    One extremely inventive and inspiring man, from his dymaxion map to his idea on energy sharing. Sleep well Bucky the world misses you.

  • ILO

    go good google

  • chucks

    25th anniversary celebration of Buckyball! Great

    Happy anniversary from defootballworld.com

  • ohh finally its silver jubliee…..congrats fuller….lol…..

  • hajra kanwal

    ohh finally its silver jubliee……congrats fuller…