Anthony Cheetham

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Anthony Cheetham
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Born Anthony Kevin Cheetham
(1946-11-16) 16 November 1946 (age 70)
Nationality British
Fields Materials Science
Alma mater University of Oxford
Thesis Structural Studies on Defect Compounds and Solid Solutions (1971)
Doctoral students
Notable awards FRS (1994)[3]

Professor Anthony Kevin Cheetham FRS is a British materials scientist. In 2015 he became Vice-President and Treasurer of the Royal Society.[4]


Cheetham was educated at St Catherine's College, Oxford in 1965 to study chemistry, and graduated with a first class BA in 1969.[5] He started his doctorate at Wadham College, Oxford in the same year, preparing a dissertation on 'The Structures of some Non-stoichiometric Compounds', which he completed in 1971.[5]

Career and research[edit]

After receiving his doctorate he became a lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford. In 1974 he became the Lecturer in Chemical Crystallography, and in 1990 he became Reader in Organic Materials. He moved to the United States a year later to take up a position as Professor of Materials and Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, moving back to the United Kingdom in 2007 to become Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science at University of Cambridge.[5]

His area of research is that of inorganic materials, involving their synthesis, characterization and application. He is working on the development of advanced methods for the chemical and structural characterization of polycrystalline materials and the application of the techniques to the study of zeolite catalysts, molecular sieves and optical materials.

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Attfield, John Paul (1987). The structural and magnetic properties of some transition metal compounds (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 863504840. 
  2. ^ Morris, Russell Edward (1992). Synthesis and characterization of metal phosphites and selenites (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 60089703. 
  3. ^ a b "Anthony Cheetham FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. 
  4. ^ Royal Society "Officers", accessed 23 March 2015
  5. ^ a b c "Functional Inorganics and Hybrid Materials: Anthony K. Cheetham resume". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 2009-01-27.