Professor Peter Day was a distinguished chemist, whose research interests focused on the synthesis of solid state materials exhibiting unusual magnetic and electronic properties that included superconductivity.
As an undergraduate and then a D.Phil. student in Chemistry at Wadham College, Peter completed a D.Phil. thesis in 1965 under the supervision of Bob Williams. He then went to St John’s College to become a Junior Research Fellow (1963–65), then Official Fellow and Tutor in Inorganic Chemistry (1965–88) and a University Lecturer.
In 1988 he took up the Directorship of the Institut Laue Langevin in Grenoble, before returning to the UK in 1991 to be the Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the Fullerian Professor of Chemistry. Since 2008 Peter was an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of London. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1986.