Speakers' Profile
Day 2 - Thursday, 9th December 2010
Valedictory Function
Dr. Anthony K. Cheetham, FRS
Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
University of Cambridge, UK
Profile: Tony Cheetham obtained his D.Phil. at Oxford in 1971 and did post-doctoral work in the Materials Physics Division at Harwell. He joined the chemistry faculty at Oxford in 1974, and then moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991 to become Professor in the Materials Department. In 1992 he took up the Directorship of the newly-created Materials Research Laboratory, which he led for the first 12 years of its existence. He became the founding Director of the International Center for Materials Research at UCSB in 2004, and then in 2007 he moved to Cambridge to become the new Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science.

Cheetham is a Fellow of the Royal Society (1994), the Indian Academy of Sciences (2001), and several other academies, and has received numerous international awards for his work in the field of materials chemistry; these include a Chaire Blaise Pascal, Paris, (1997-9), The Bonner Chemiepreis (2002), the Somiya Award of the IUMRS (with C.N.R. Rao, 2004), and the Leverhulme Medal of the Royal Society (2008). He was also a co-founder of the NGEN Enabling Technologies venture capital fund and is a Director of the Royal Society’s Enterprise Fund.