Sir John Pendry
Professor, Imperial College London
Sir John Pendry FRS has been professor of Theoretical Solid State Physics at Imperial College London since 1981. Professor Pendry is a theoretical physicist whose team received the 2005 Descartes Research Prize for their work on the structure of surfaces and their response to electrons and photons. He has published over 200 scientific papers and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Institute of Physics in 1984.
At Imperial, he was dean of the Royal College of Science from 1993-1996; head of the Department of Physics from 1998-2001; and first principal of the Faculty of Physical Sciences from 2001-2002. From 1975-1981 he was head of the Theory Group at the Daresbury Laboratory.
Sir John was knighted in the Queen's Birthday honours list in June 2004 for services to science.