Sir Anthony Cheetham FRS

Tony Cheetham obtained his DPhil at Oxford in 1971 and conducted postdoctoral work in the Materials Physics Division at Harwell. In 1974, he joined the chemistry faculty at Oxford, and then moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 1991 to become Professor in the Materials Department.

In 1992, Tony took up the directorship of the UCSB’s new Materials Research Laboratory, which he led for 12 years. He became Director of the newly created International Center for Materials Research at UCSB in 2004, moving to Cambridge in 2007 to become the Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science.

Tony is a Fellow of the Leopoldina, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and several other academies. He has received numerous awards for his work in the field of materials chemistry, including a Chaire Blaise Pascal, Paris (1997–1999), the Sômiya Award of the IUMRS (2004), the Platinum Medal of the IOM3 (2011), and a Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists (2014). He holds honorary doctorates from several universities.

Professional position

  • Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
  • Treasurer and Vice-President, The Royal Society

Subject groups

  • Chemistry

    Chemistry, materials

  • Engineering

    Materials science (incl materials engineering)


  • Humphry Davy and Claude Bernard Lectures

    On 'Petit est Grand- Les nanomatériaux et leurs applications'.

  • Leverhulme Medal

    For the discovery and characterisation of novel materials exhibiting potential for catalysis and storage.

Sir Anthony Cheetham FRS
Elected 1994