Joint Centers of Excellence Program

Sir John Meurig Thomas

University of Cambridge - UK

Sir John Meurig Thomas FRS has authored over one thousand scientific articles and several books. In 1991 he was knighted “for services to chemistry and the popularisation of science”. Sir John holds BSc (1954) and PhD (1958) degrees from the University of Wales, Swansea. He was Reader at the University of Wales, Bangor, Professor and Head of Chemistry at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (1969), elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (1977), Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry and Professorial Fellow at King’s College at the University of Cambridge (1978-1986), Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London (1986-1991) and Deputy Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales (1991–1994). In 1993 he was elected Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge’s oldest college and Honorary Distinguished Research Associate in the Department of Material Science. In 1999 he was elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and since 2002 he has been Honorary Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the Davy Faraday Research Laboratory of the Royal Institution. He is the recipient of twenty honorary degrees and has been elected to honorary membership in over fifteen foreign academies; the most recent being The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2013). He has received numerous awards, including the Bragg Prize Lectureship of the British Crystallographic Association (2010), The Kapitza Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2011) and The Jayne Prize Lectureship of the American Philosophical Society (2012).