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People: Nobel Winner Returns Degree in Protest

November 30, 2004

Nobel prize-winning chemist Professor Sir Harry Kroto, left, has handed back his honourary degree to Exeter University in protest at its plans to close its chemistry department. Sir Harry received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996 for his work in discovering a new form of carbon, the C60 molecule. Exeter plans to cut a predicted deficit of nearly pounds 4.5m by cutting up to 130 jobs in three departments.