Sir Peter Williams CBE, FRS, FREng


Attended Hymers College:


What makes this nominee inspiring?

Peter attended Hymers College before completing his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, Cambridge and a PhD at Selwyn College, Cambridge. After university, Peter worked in industry at VG Instruments and later Oxford Instruments, where in 1991 he became Chairman until his retirement in 1999.

Currently, Peter is Chairman of the National Physical Laboratory and Vice-President and Treasurer of the Royal Society. Peter has also been a consistent supporter of campaigns aimed at increasing the number of UK graduates studying mathematics at university, and he has served as joint patron of WISE.

Peter received a CBE in 1992 and was knighted in 1998 for services to science and technology. He is a distinguished physicist, a Fellow of the Royal Society, a former Master of St Catherine's College, Oxford, President of the Institute of Physics and of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Until recently he was Chancellor of the University of Leicester.