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Professor Sir John Holman gives final lecture

Posted on 29 November 2017

After many years of inspiring our undergraduates in Physical Chemistry, Professor Sir John Holman gave his final lecture to our second year students.

Sir John Holman gives last lecture

He has taught for some 50 years across a wide range of age groups in both schools and universities. His final lecture was an ideal opportunity for our students and staff to thank John for his many contributions to the department. 

To celebrate his achievements, including his passion for using contextual demonstrations in lectures, our talented technical colleagues, Abby Mortimer, Tim Ayers and Mark Roper, made John a stunning model of a train. This idea was suggested by our students as a tribute to one of his memorable demonstrations.

Many of John's other demonstrations, including those involving liquid nitrogen, ice cream, jelly babies, balloons and fountains, will be remembered by staff and hundreds of our former undergraduates, as will John’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching chemistry.

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Professor Sir John Holman is emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of York, a senior advisor in education at the Wellcome Trust and the Gatsby Foundation, founding director of the National Science Learning Centre, Chair of the Teacher Development Trust and president of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  In 2010, he received a knighthood for services to education.