Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Professor Peter Day FRS

Professor Peter Day FRS

The Department is sad to announce the death of Professor Peter Day FRS. His major contributions have included systematising and rationalising the properties of inorganic mixed-valence compounds (The Robin-Day classification), and in the synthesis of numerous and diverse complex solids in the search for unusual magnetic and electronic materials properties.

Peter was an undergraduate and then a D.Phil. student in Chemistry at Wadham College and completed a D.Phil. thesis entitled "Light induced charge transfer in solids" under the supervision of Bob Williams in 1965. He was a Junior Research Fellow (1963-65) at St John's College, and then Official Fellow and Tutor in Inorganic Chemistry (1965-88) at St John's and a University Lecturer. He took up the Directorship of the Institut Laue Langevin in Grenoble in 1988, and then returned to the UK in 1991 as the Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain where he was the Fullerian Professor of Chemistry.

Since 2008 he was an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of London. He was elected FRS in 1986 and received numerous awards from learned societies around the world. The Royal Society of Chemistry honoured him by inaugurating the Peter Day award in Materials Chemistry in 2008, reflecting his championing of this discipline. He will be sadly missed by many around the World. Details of arrangements for a memorial service will be announced in due course.