Robert Curl along with Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto is awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of fullerenes.

Robert Curl becomes an Assistant Professor for chemistry at the Rice Institute, Houston, Texas, in 1958 and an Associate Professor in 1963. He is a full Professor for chemistry at Rice Institute from 1967 until 1996.

Robert Curl continues his studies to work together with Kenneth Pitzer at the University of California, Berkeley. He´s engaged in the Theorem of Corresponding States and does more experiments than theory under Pitzer, for example he researches on the matrix isolation infrared spectrum of disiloxane. Robert Curl receives his PhD in 1957.

Robert Curl becomes Wiess Professor of Natural Science at the Rice Institute in 1996. Since 2003 he has been Professor for chemistry at the Rice Institute.

At the age of nine Robert Curl decides to become a chemist. So when he´s visiting the William Adams High School in Alice, he attends all chemistry courses to satisfy his inquisitiveness.

Robert Curl decides to study chemistry at the Rice Institute, Houston, Texas, where he gets his Bachelor´s degree in 1954.

Robert Curl is born to his parents Robert Floyd and Lessie Waldene Merritt Curl in Alice, Texas.

Robert Curl becomes a Research Fellow at Harvard University, where he focuses on physical chemistry, especially high resolution spectroscopy.

Robert Curl and Jonel Whipple get married in 1955. They have two sons, Michael and David.

Robert Curl co-discovers fullerenes, the carbon cage compounds in 1985.