Archibald Howie

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Archibald Howie

Born (1934-03-08) 8 March 1934 (age 89)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Trinity College, Cambridge[2]
Known forInterpretation of transmission electron microscope images
AwardsHughes Medal (1988)
Guthrie Medal and Prize (1992)
Royal Medal (1999)
John Cowley Medal (2018)[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Cavendish Laboratory
Notable students

Archibald "Archie" Howie CBE HonFRMS FRS HonFRSE HonFInstP (born 8 March 1934)[2] is a British physicist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Cambridge, known for his pioneering work on the interpretation of transmission electron microscope images of crystals. Born in 1934, he attended Kirkcaldy High School and the University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he subsequently took up a permanent post. He has been a fellow of Churchill College since its foundation, and was President of its Senior Combination Room (SCR) until 2010.

In 1965, with Hirsch, Whelan, Pashley and Nicholson, he published the seminal text Electron Microscopy of Thin Crystals.[3] He was elected to the Royal Society in 1978 and awarded their Royal Medal in 1999. In 1992 he was awarded the Guthrie Medal and Prize. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1995.[4] He was head of the Cavendish Laboratory from 1989 to 1997.


  1. ^ "EMS NEWSLETTER 62" (PDF). European Microscopy Society. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b HOWIE, Prof. Archibald, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  3. ^ P. Hirsch, A. Howie, R. Nicholson, D. W. Pashley and M. J. Whelan (1965/1977) Electron microscopy of thin crystals (Butterworths/Krieger, London/Malabar FL) ISBN 0-88275-376-2
  4. ^ "Professor Archibald Howie CBE FRS HonFRSE - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 12 February 2018.