Your story about the Nobel Prize winner in economics, Vernon Smith, said he was thought to be the first KU graduate to win a Nobel. Didn't a KU alumnus win a Nobel in chemistry a few years ago?
You're probably thinking of F. Sherwood Rowland, who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Rowland was an assistant professor of chemistry at KU from 1956 to 1964, but he has degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Chicago.
Jack Kilby, a Great Bend native but not a KU alumnus, won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2000.