John Holman (chemist)

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Professor Sir

John Holman
John Stranger Holman

(1946-09-16) 16 September 1946 (age 72)[1]
  • Chemist
  • Educator
Known for
  • Science education
  • Policymaking

Sir John Stranger Holman (born 16 September 1946) is an English chemist and academic. He is emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of York, a senior advisor in education at the Wellcome Trust and the Gatsby Foundation, founding director of the National Science Learning Centre,[2], Chair of the Teacher Development Trust [3] and immediate past president of the Royal Society of Chemistry.[4]

He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (B.A. Hons. 1967).[1]

He was Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Boys between 1994 and 2000,[5] and was the British government's National STEM Director from 2006 to 2010[6][7] (STEM referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). He is on the council and a trustee of the Royal Society of Chemistry,[8] and is a trustee of the Natural History Museum.[9] He was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2010 New Year Honours.[7] In 2014 the Royal Society of Chemistry awarded him the Lord Lewis Prize "in recognition of his extensive influence over chemistry education policy".[10] He is Chair of the Salters' Institute board,[11] was the founding director of Salters' Advanced Chemistry programme,[11] and is the author of numerous chemistry textbooks.

He was named in 2014 by the Science Council as one of the UK's 100 leading practising scientists,[12] and was the 2014 recipient of the Royal Society's biennial Kavli Education Medal, "in recognition of his significant impact on science education within the UK".[13]

He is author of the Good Career Guidance report for the Gatsby Foundation (2014),[14] which is the basis for the English government's national strategy for career guidance in schools: Careers strategy: making the most of everyone's skills and talents (2017).[15]


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  2. ^ "Professor Sir John Holman". University of York. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Teacher Development Trust Team". Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Presidential plans". 16 July 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ "John Holman – Biography". Department for Children, Schools and Families. Archived from the original on 15 April 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Sir John Holman". Royal Society. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Honour for top science educator". BBC News. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Our structure". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  9. ^ "The Board of Trustees". Natural History Museum. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Lord Lewis Prize 2014 Winner". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Professor Sir John Holman - About staff". University of York. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  12. ^ "100 leading UK practising scientists". Science Council. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Kavli Education Medal". Royal Society. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
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