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Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas

Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas, FRS, Honorary Professor of Solid State Chemistry, University of Cambridge, and former Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, received an Honorary Degree from Bangor University in June 2009 to mark the University's 125th anniversary.

image of Sir John Meurig JonesSir John Meurig Thomas began his academic career at Bangor in the late 1950s.

"I'm immensely pleased to receive this honour. I started my academic career here and this is a joy that will remain with me forever. Here I had the first opportunity to teach and research at the School of Chemistry, at the age of 25. I had total intellectual freedom and a lot of good students and good colleagues. It was a very small college, 800 students and 90 members of staff," said Sir John.

"This is an historic day in the history of this University. After flourishing for a hundred and twenty five years we have, today, for the first time ever, awarded our own, Bangor degrees. This marvellous ceremony confirms and eloquently symbolises the University's maturity and standing in the academic world. One measure of a university is its alumni. Our four honorary graduates, the first people ever to receive a Bangor degrees, are all outstanding individuals who have each made a huge contribution to our modern world," said Bangor University Vice-Chancellor Professor Merfyn Jones