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John Albery : biography

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Wyndham John Albery FRS (born 5 April 1936) is a British physical chemist and academic.

John Albery was educated at Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford. He undertook his D.Phil. with Ronnie Bell, starting in 1960. He was appointed to a Weir Junior Research Fellowship in October 1962 and then to a Fellowship and Praelectorship in Chemistry at University College, Oxford in October 1963, where he was briefly a colleague of E. J. Bowen.

Coming from the theatrical Albery family, he was an enthusiastic senior member of the University College Players, organizer of the Univ Revue, held in the college Hall, and script-writer for Experimental Theatre Club revues staged by the Etceteras . In fact, early in his career in 1962 he wrote for ground-breaking BBC satirical comedy television show That Was The Week That Was.

After Oxford, Albery became Professor of Physical Chemistry from 1978 at Imperial College London.Hannah Guy, , Imperial College Press, 2007. .

In 1989, he returned to Oxford to be Master of University College. He hosted the visit of President Bill Clinton (a former student of University College) and his wife Hillary Clinton to the college in June 1994.

Albery is now Barrer Fellow in Chemistry at Imperial College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and was the first Master of University College to be so. He is an Honorary Fellow of University College, Oxford, and a celebration of his 75th birthday was held in Oxford in 2011.


  • Ring-Disc Electrodes, with M. L. Hitchman, Oxford University Press, 1971 (ISBN 0-19-855349-8).
  • Electrode Kinetics, Oxford University Press, 1975 (ISBN 0-19-855433-8).
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