National Physical Laboratory

Knighthood for Professor Pethica

Professor John Pethica FRS FREng, the Chief Scientific Adviser at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2014 for services to science.

John Pethica

Professor Pethica has made seminal contributions in atomic-scale mechanics. His scientific breakthroughs have had huge impact on the world of materials engineering, and he led their commercialisation in the USA: he created and developed the technique for nano-indentation for fine scale elastic and plastic deformation analysis of materials, thin films and coatings. He played a key role in the development of the atomic force microscope. And as Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society, he has raised the profile of applied science and guided its policy work on climate change.

In total 1,149 people have been recommended to the Queen for an award, with science and technology make up 3% of the total. Professor Pethica was one of four science and technology knighthoods, with the others going to: Professor Colin Blakemore, Director, Centre for the Study of the Senses, School of Advanced Study, University of London; Professor Cary Cooper, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University; and Professor Thomas Kibble, Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London.

Contact: John Pethica

Keep in touch with the latest news and events at NPL
by signing up for an email newsletter

Last Updated: 6 Apr 2017
Created: 16 Jun 2014


Please note that the information will not be divulged to third parties, or used without your permission