John Finney

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Prof John Finney

Emeritus Professor
Telephone Number: 
+44 (0)20 7679 1308
Telephone Extension: 
31 308
Fax Number: 
+44 (0)20 7679 0595
Research Interests: 
Structures and interactions in aqueous solutions
Enzyme dynamics and function
Structures and ordering in high pressure ices
  • B.A. Natural Sciences (part II Physics), Jesus College, Cambridge, 1964.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Leicester, 1965.
  • Ph.D. Crystallography, Birkbeck College, University of London, 1968.
  • Lecturer (1968), Reader (1977) and Professor (1986-93) of Crystallography, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Head, Neutron Science Division, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory 1988-93
  • Chief Scientist, ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory 1990-93
  • Quain Professor of Physics, University College London, 1993-1999
  • Science Coordinator, European Spallation Source, 1993-96
  • Professor of Physics, University College London 1999-to date.

Other activities

My undergraduate teaching interests focus on both communications skills and ethical issues of the scientific process and its applications. I work extensively within the Pugwash movement which is concerned with the role of science in society generally and in international affairs in particular. I am a past Vice-President of the British Crystallographic Association and an honorary Vice-President of Euroscience.