Tony Ryan (scientist)

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Tony Ryan at Sheffield, January 2011
from the BBC programme The Life Scientific, 21 February 2012.[1]

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Professor Anthony John Ryan, OBE is a polymer chemist at the University of Sheffield. He delivered the 2002 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

Life[edit]

Ryan was born in Leeds,[2] in March 1962.[3] He graduated with a BSc in Polymer Science and Technology [3] from the University of Manchester in 1983, and a PhD from the same institution in 1988.[4] He received a DSc from UMIST in 2004.[4] 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.[2] 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.[2] He is married and has two daughters.[2]

In 2002, he presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture on Smart Stuff.[3]

In the 2006 New Year Honours, he received an OBE for services to Science.[5]

He is a keen cyclist[6] but is obviously rather better on the descents than the climbs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Ryan". The Life Scientific. 21 February 2012. BBC Radio 4. http://bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01c7pq0. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d University of Sheffield Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Pure Science
  3. ^ a b c Chemistry World, May 2003 Making it with polymers
  4. ^ a b University of Sheffield; Chemistry Staff Profiles
  5. ^ Chemistry World, January 2006 Chemistry World ed-board member gets gong
  6. ^ http://www.shef.ac.uk/ueb/members/tony_ryan