Neil Atherton's History
Domestic: 1962 married Rosemary, schoolteacher, of Woodlands, Dorset. Three children, James (1968), Thomas (1970), Eleanor (1973). All three survived State education in Sheffield and went to University: James (Cambridge, Maths), Thomas (Birmingham, Money, Banking and Finance), Eleanor (Portsmouth, Hotel and Catering Management). All three got 2.1ís and all three are in gainful employment: James as an actuary, Thomas as an accountant, and Eleanor as a recruitment consultant. James is married.
Academic Career: Following PhD in Birmingham with David Whiffen spent a year at Washington University, St Louis, as a Research Associate. Then went to University of Sheffield as an ICI Research Fellow and was in the Department of Chemistry there until retirement. Fairly standard career pattern: Lecturer 1962, Reader 1968, Professor 1975, Head of Department of Chemistry 1979-85, Dean of the Faculty of Pure Science 1992-95. Retired 1995: tapered academic activity very quickly and have not looked back.
Research: Following on from PhD spent all career in Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Electron Nuclear Double Resonance (ENDOR). Published about 130 papers, 2 books (sole author), 3 books edited jointly. Made a lot of friends worldwide, travelled a lot, enjoyed it.
Other Activities: Chairman of the Sheffield Family Practitioner Committee 1987-90 and of its successor, Sheffield Family Health Services Authority, 1990-92.
Elected Director of Hallamshire Golf Club Ltd 1997, Chairman of the Board 2002-03.
Other Interests: Reading, gardening, interior decorating, antiques, smoking, drinking.