Tony Ryan at Sheffield, January 2011
Professor Anthony John Ryan, OBE is a polymer chemist at the University of Sheffield. He delivered the 2002 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.
Ryan was born in Leeds, in March 1962. He graduated with a BSc in Polymer Science and Technology  from the University of Manchester in 1983, and a PhD from the same institution in 1988. He received a DSc from UMIST in 2004. His academic career began as a lecturer in Polymer Science at UMIST, followed by a position at the University of Minnesota, then back to UMIST in 1990. In 1997 he joined the University of Sheffield as a Professor of Physical Chemistry, being Head of Department from 1998 to 2003, and is now (as of 2010) Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Pure Science. He is married and has two daughters.
In 2002, he presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture on Smart Stuff.
In the 2006 New Year Honours, he received an OBE for services to Science.