Vita of JOHN A. VENABLES
- Born: 1936 in Leicester, England; U.K. citizen; permanent resident, USA.
- Married: Delia Poole 1961; 2 adult children, four grandchildren.
- Education: Secondary education at Manchester Grammar School,
1947-54; Engineering apprentice with AEI, Manchester,1954-55; B.A. in
Natural Sciences, Cambridge (Physics, II.1, 1958); Ph.D. with P.B. Hirsch
and M.J.Whelan, Cambridge (1961).
- Current Appointments: 1985-present: Professor of Physics, Arizona
State University (typically 50% academic year, currently part-time Professor of Practice);
1988-present: Professor of Physics, University of Sussex (Honorary since 1995, Emeritus since 2011);
2008-present: Visiting Professor, University College London, in the London Centre for Nanotechnology.
- Previous Appointments: 1961-64: Research Associate and Asst Professor
of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois; 1964-71: Lecturer
in Physics, University of Sussex, England; 1969: Visiting Scientist, MPI
Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany; 1971-1988: Reader in Physics,
University of Sussex; 1973 and 1978-83: Prof Associé, Université
Aix-Marseille, France; 1984-85: Visiting Professor, Arizona State
University; 1992-1994: Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences,
University of Sussex; 1997: Visiting Professor, EPFL, Lausanne,
Switzerland; 1999: Visiting Professor, University Aalborg-Esbjerg, Denmark;
2006-07: Visiting Fellow, University College London (Department of Physics and Astronomy).
- Societies: Institute of Physics, American Physical Society,
Microscopy Society of America, European Physical Society, British
Association for Crystal Growth, Materials Research Society, Royal
Microscopical Society, Royal Society of Arts Manufacture and Commerce,
British Fulbright Scholars Association, Association of Chamber Music Players (ACMP); Playing member,
Symphony of the Southwest (Arizona) and Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra (RTWSO, UK).
- Honors and professional activities: Open, Senior, Research
scholarships, Trinity College, Cambridge (1954-61). Fulbright Travel award
(1961). F. Inst. P. (1972). Offices in Electron Microscopy and Analysis
Group (I.O.P.): committee (1970-71), secretary (1971-72), chairman (1972-74);
Solid State Comm. (1972-74); Editor, EMAG proceedings, 1975. Membership of
organistion and program committees: European Cong. on Electron Microscopy
(1972), EMAG national meetings (1975, 1979), Intl. Cong. on Electron
Microscopy (1982, 1990), European Conf. on Surface Science (1986), Scanning
Tunnelling Microscopy (1986), Vice-Chair, Gordon Research Conference:
Epitaxial Thin Films and Interfaces (1995), founding Co-Chair,
Gordon Research Conference: Thin Film and Crystal Growth Mechanisms (1997),
plus several smaller meetings. Editorial Boards: J. Phys. F (1979-81),
Ultramicroscopy (1980-1995), Scanning (1984-pres.), J. Phys. D (1995-2005),
Divisional Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters (2000-05).
Membership of SERC metallics sub-committee (1980-83); Comité de Direction,
CNRS Laboratoire CRMC2, Université Aix-Marseille (1974-1986);
CNRS Laboratoire Maurice Letort, Nancy (1989-1992);
Fachbeirat, Fritz-Haber Institut der Max-Planck Gesellschaft,
West Berlin (1981-1990). Fellowship, Japan Society for
promotion of Science (1986). Review of Condensed Matter Physics in Australia
(1992). Doctor Honoris Causa, Université de la Mediterannée (2001). Fellowship,
American Physical Society (2002).
- Reviewing: for SERC/EPSRC (U.K.) and NSF (USA), J. Phys Series,
Journal de Physique, Phys. Rev. and J. Vac. Sci. Tech. Series, Surface Science,
Thin Solid Films, Ultramicroscopy, Phil. Mag., Contemporary Physics,
J. Cryst. Growth, Nature, etc.
- Graduate student supervision: 26 doctoral and 10 masters theses
have been directed to completion. Lead Graduate Advisor in the
Physics Department at ASU (2001-07). Most recently (2007-present) Founding Program Director at ASU for the new
Profesional Science Master's (PSM) degree in Nanoscience, which (now, January 2015) has 43 Alumni and ~20 students.