Professor Sir Anthony Cheetham FRS
Old Stopfordian Professor Sir Anthony Cheetham FRS (OS 1965) has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List 2020 for services to materials chemistry, UK science and global outreach. His area of research is inorganic and hybrid materials and involves their synthesis, characterisation and applications.
After leaving Stockport Grammar School, Tony Cheetham read Chemistry at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He graduated with first class honours in 1969 and obtained his DPhil at Oxford in 1972. In 1975 he moved to the United States to take up a position as Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he became the first Director of the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL).
In 2007 he moved back to the UK to become Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, a position held until October 2017. From 2012 to 2017 he was Vice-President and Treasurer of the Royal Society. He is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Department of Materials Science at Cambridge and is largely based in the US.