Peter Williams (physicist)
Williams completed his first degree and PhD with thesis titled Defect structure and luminescent properties of semiconductors at the University of Cambridge, and began an academic career at Selwyn College. He then moved to industry and worked first at VG Instruments and later Oxford Instruments. He was chairman of Oxford Instruments from 1991 until his retirement in 1999.
Sir Peter is currently Chairman of the National Physical Laboratory and Vice President and Treasurer of the Royal Society. He was previously Master of St Catherine's College, Oxford (2000–2002), President of the Institute of Physics (2000–2002), President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (2002–2003) and Chairman of the UK's Engineering and Technology Board (2001–2006). He has been a member of the Interacademy Council's Committee to Review the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that reported in August 2010.
- "Sir Gareth Roberts appointed as chairman" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-02-08.
- Commentaries - Sir Peter Williams, Department of Trade & Industry, 2004
- Patron Council Members (PDF), The BA, 2003
- New Heads of House, Oxford Blueprint, 10 October 2002
- New Chancellor Installed at Ceremony (PDF), Bulletin, University of Leicester, December 2005 / January 2006
- Sir Peter Williams is new research patron, Marie Curie Cancer Care, 2005 news archive
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