From the Texas Legislature (via Wikipedia):

WHEREAS, In 1985, researchers at Rice University in Houston discovered a third molecular form of carbon, known as C60, and as a result of this breakthrough, they were awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; the new molecule, named buckminsterfullerene, is the archetype of a new class of pure carbon materials that are expected to revolutionize many fields, including science, industry, medicine, and manufacturing; and

WHEREAS, The State of Texas traditionally has recognized a variety of official state symbols as tangible representations of the dynamic and diverse nature of our state, and the designation of buckminsterfullerene as the State Molecule of Texas would also be an appropriate expression of this tradition; drawing attention to this momentous discovery not only pays fitting tribute to the state’s world-class scientific community, but also underscores the importance of the aerospace, chemical, electronics, and energy industries that have become such vital contributors to the state’s economy and that will be among the major beneficiaries of this new technology;

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