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John Holloway

John Holloway – Doctor of Laws

Has served the University in a range of capacities including having been a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, a former Dean and Head of the Department of Chemistry

John Holloway, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, was awarded an OBE for services to Chemistry and Education in the Queen’s birthday Honours in 2000 and the Silver Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry for services to the Society in 2002.

Educated at Ashby Boys’ Grammar School and Birmingham University, where he studied for a BSc and PhD, he lectured in Chemistry at the Universities of Aberdeen (1963-70) and Leicester (1971-2004).

At Leicester he was Professor and Head of Chemistry (1987-96), Director of Physical Sciences and Dean (1997-99), Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (1999-2003). An authority of fluorine and noble-gas chemistry, Professor Holloway has more than 270 research papers and one book.

He has held many public appointments in UK chemical science and education, is a committed science communicator and an active artist. He retired from the University of Leicester in 2004.

Press comment: “My family have longstanding connections with Leicestershire. My great grandfather was Superintendent of Police in Ashby and my grandfather and father were involved in the coal industry here. I was born in Ashby, lived in Coalville and was educated in Ashby Boys’ Grammar School. My own career has been mostly in the University of Leicester, to which I am deeply attached, and I am honoured and delighted that my name should be added to the list of honorary graduates of the University.”

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