John Pethica FRS (born 1953) is Science Foundation Ireland (S.F.I.) professor of material science at Trinity College, Dublin, and a visiting professor at Oxford University. In 2001, Pethica was one of the first ten people awarded an S.F.I. principal investigator award. Following the award, he transferred his activities from Oxford to Dublin. He is also a Vice-President and Physical Secretary of the Royal Society.
John Pethica was a pupil at St Ambrose College, Trafford, Manchester. He received a PhD from the University of Cambridge in the late 1970s. In 1999 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. The 2001 recipient of the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society of London, Pethica is most noted for his work on the development of atom resolution atomic force microscopy.
From October 2007 Pethica is the Chief Scientist at the UK's National Physical Laboratory, the UK’s National Measurement Institute.
John Pethica is also an accomplished musician - playing violin and other instruments - with a particular interest in Irish and British folk-music.
- Homepage of John Pethica at Oxford
- Science Foundation Ireland's Website
- Homepage of John Pethica at CRANN
- Chief Scientist : National Physical Laboratory
- For example, recording with The Cambridge Crofters in the 1970s http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=3116333
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