Sir Peter Williams

Peter Williams

Peter Williams was Honorary Treasurer and Vice President of the Royal Society and Chairman of the National Physical Laboratory.

Previously, he was Chancellor of the University of Leicester, a non-executive director of GKN plc and of WS Atkins plc, Chairman and Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments plc, Deputy Chief Executive of VG Instruments Ltd., Master of St. Catherine’s College Oxford, Chairman of Trustees of the Science Museum, a Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care, Chairman of the Engineering & Technology Board and Chairman of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council.

He was knighted in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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