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Peter Edwards

Professor Peter Edwards FRS


Elected: 1996


Peter Edwards is a chemist, revered for his contributions to several areas of condensed matter physics — a field that deals with the properties of condensed phases of matter and has aided the development of key technologies, including lasers. In particular, Peter focuses on metal–nonmetal transitions, which impart interesting properties on materials.

His experimental work is skillful, with an example of this being his outstanding work on the magnetic properties of alkali-metal solutions, which include metals such as lithium and sodium. He also pioneered the development of new synthetic techniques and experiments on small metallic particles and clusters, as well as many other contributions.

Peter has received many accolades, including the Bakerian Lecture by the Royal Society in 2012, as well as being elected International Member of the American Philosophical Society — one of only four members chosen from the United Kingdom that year. He is currently Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and former Head of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford.


  • Bakerian Medal and Lecture

    On 'Metals and the conducting and superconducting states of matter'.

  • Hughes Medal

    For his distinguished work as a solid state chemist. He has made seminal contributions to fields including superconductivity and the behaviour of metal nanoparticles, and has greatly advanced our understanding of the phenomenology of the metal-insulator transition.