Sir John Meurig Thomas was Master of Peterhouse from 1993 – 2002.
John Thomas was born in South Wales and became head of the faculty of Chemistry at the University College of Wales in 1969. In 1986 he was appointed director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and of the Davy Faraday Research Laboratory.
He was awarded an honorary doctorate for his achievements as a scientist of physical chemistry, and is internationally recognised for his contributions to the field of modern solid state chemistry.
He has held many visiting lectureships in North America, Europe, Israel, India, Japan and Australia, and was author or co-author of over 650 scientific articles and 24 textbooks. Many of his former students achieved top positions in multi-national firms and in the academic world.
Sir John Thomas is an Honorary Foreign Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale Dei Lincei in Rome.