Professor Peter Day was a distinguished chemist, known for his work on synthesis and the structures and properties of inorganic and metal-organic solids with unusual kinds of physical behaviour such as ferromagnetism and superconductivity.
After a student career at Wadham College, Professor Day was elected to St John's as a Junior Research Fellow (1963–65) and subsequently became Official Fellow and Tutor in Inorganic Chemistry (1965–88). He moved from St John’s to be Director of Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble until 1991 and then joined the Royal Institution of Great Britain as Director and Fullerian Professor of Chemistry, a position he held until 2008. Since 2008 he was Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of London. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1986.
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