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John Pethica

AKA John Bernard Pethica

Born: 1953
Birthplace: Birmingham, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Physicist, Inventor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Atomic force microscopy

Physicist John Pethica invented the technique of nanoindentation (a type of hardness test) and atomic force microscopy, the most accurate tool yet made for imaging and measuring matter at the nanoscale.

    High School: St Ambrose College, Trafford, Manchester (1970)
    Medical School: Faculte de Medecine, Paris (attended 1970-71)
    University: BS Natural Science, Cambridge University (1975)
    University: PhD Surface Mechanics, Cambridge University
    Teacher: Physics, Cambridge University (1982-87)
    Teacher: Physics, Oxford University (1987-96)
    Professor: Materials Science, Oxford University (1996-2001)
    Professor: Physics, Trinity College Dublin (2001-05)

    UK National Physical Laboratory Chief Scientist (2007-)
    Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices Founder and Director (2001-05)
    Nano Instruments Inc Founder and President (1984-98)
    ABB Research Scientist (1980-82)
    Royal Society 1999
    Science Foundation Ireland
    Hughes Medal 2001


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