Prof Neville Greaves
BSc (St Andrews) PhD (Cantab) ScD (Cantab) Dr Hon Causa (Orleans) FGST FInstP
Educated at King Edward VII School and a graduate in Natural Philosophy from the University of St Andrews, I worked in industry before obtaining my PhD in Amorphous Semiconductors at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. This included working with the Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Nevill Mott.
I joined the Synchrotron Radiation Source at Daresbury Laboratory in 1978, where I built up X-ray Spectroscopy facilities and established the Materials Science Division. Together we pioneered the development of combined X-ray techniques whereby spectroscopy, diffraction and scattering can all be measured in the same experiment. In 1990 I received the Science and Technology Award presented by the Guild of Glass Sellers for my work on glass structure. In 1994 I started the international conference series on Synchrotron Radiation in Materials Science and between1994-96 I was the UK International Advisory Committee Member for the world's largest synchrotron radiation source, SPring-8 in Japan.
In 1996 I was elected to the Chair of Physics at Aberystwyth and was head of department until 2003. During that time I was also a member of the Royal Institution Davy Faraday Research Laboratory Committee. I received a Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Orleans in 2002 for advancing the understanding of disordered materials using synchrotron radiation.
In 2003 I was appointed Director of the Institute of Mathematics and Physics at Aberystwyth University, continuing until 2010. Between 2005 and 2009 I served on the Council of the Institute of Physics. I was awarded a Scientiae Doctor at the University of Cambridge in 2008. I joined the Science Board of the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council in 2009. In the same year I was awarded an Honorary Chair at University College London.
In 2010 I became a Distinguished Research Professor