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STAMP DEDICATION
Visitors examine the new postage stamp honoring inventor-philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller outside of the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis on July 14, 2004. Fuller holds the patent for the geodesic dome, made famous at the Botanical Garden which houses plants from all over the world. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American architect, author, designer, futurist, inventor, and visionary.

Throughout his life, Fuller was concerned with the question "Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how?" Considering himself an average individual without special monetary means or academic degree, he chose to devote his life to this question, trying to identify what he, as an individual, could do to improve humanity's condition, which large organizations, governments, and private enterprises inherently could not do.

Pursuing this lifelong experiment, Fuller wrote more than thirty books, coining and popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also worked in the development of numerous inventions, chiefly in the fields of design and architecture, the best known of which is the geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes or buckyballs were named for their resemblance to geodesic spheres.

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