John Venables initial background is in electron microscopy of materials (as a doctoral student at Cambridge and at Illinois (UIUC) as a post-doc). He then moved to Sussex University, among the first few cohorts of lecturers (assistant professors). He was promoted to reader (associate professor), full professor and in due course dean of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Emeritus Professor. Among other service, he started the collaborative Science and Europe Program that I then led for 10 years, alongside my research group.
He visited ASU first at conferences in the area of surface physics and surface microscopy at the invitation of Professor John Cowley. He came initially on contract as a designer of the so-called Midas project, and then as a part-time professor of physics. This is all now 30 years ago. He actually retired from his tenured post in 2008. He was rehired increasingly part-time in connection with the PSM in Nanoscience, for which he is the founding program director.
Venables also plays music for real (viola and violin). He has been proud to list his playing memberships of regional standard Orchestras and Chamber Music groups both in Arizona and in the U.K. as Community Service for ASU.
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).
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 (1984-2006), J. Phys. D (1995-2005), Divisional Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters (2000-05).
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, Association of Chamber Music Players (ACMP); Playing member, Symphony of the Southwest (Arizona) and Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra (RTWSO, UK).
Founder of the Science and Europe Program (1975) at Sussex University, and directed it for ten years with over 300 graduates. 26 doctoral and 10 masters theses have been directed to completion. Lead Graduate Advisor in the Physics Department at ASU (2001-07). Member of Graduate Faculty in Materials at ASU (1985-2016) Most recently (2007-present) Founding Program Director at ASU for the Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree in Nanoscience, which currently (December 2016) has 60 Alumni and ~20 Current students.
1985-2016: Professor of Physics, Arizona State University (typically 50% academic year, now Emeritus since 2016); 1988-present: Professor of Physics, University of Sussex (Honorary since 1995, Emeritus since 2011); 2008-present: Honorary Visiting Professor, University College London, in the London Center for Nanotechnology (UCL-LCN).