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John Holman

Sir John Holman

Sir John Holman


Sir John Holman is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York and Senior Education Adviser to The Wellcome Trust.

After studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, Professor Holman taught chemistry in secondary schools for 35 years, spending six years as Head Teacher at Watford Grammar School for Boys. In 2000 he left this post to become the Salters Professor of Chemical Education and Director of the Science Curriculum Centre at the University of York.

From 2004-2010, Professor Holman was Centre Director at the National Science Learning Centre in York. In 2006 he was appointed as the Government’s first National STEM Director, with responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the STEM Programme. He has authored or co-authored nearly 20 textbooks and learning resources in science. In the 2010 New Year’s Honours he received a knighthood for services to education.

Sir John Holman is a member of the Vision for science and mathematics education 5-19 project committee.


Vision for Science and Mathematics CommitteeOctober 2011 - June 2014Member
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