Dr Peter Wothers
For over 15 years, Dr Peter Wothers has been a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Chemistry at St Catharine’s College. In addition to being the Senior Examiner in Chemistry for the first and second year undergraduates, he was also the Senior Examiner for the final years of the Chemistry STEP before it was replaced first by the Advanced Extension Awards, and then the A*. Dr Wothers was instrumental in developing the syllabus for the Chemistry Pre-University qualification. For over ten years he has been on the committee for the Chemistry Olympiad, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, setting challenging papers for year 13 students, and has recently created the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge specifically aimed at year 12 students. He has authored a number of popular textbooks, and is heavily involved in promoting chemistry to young students and members of the public for which he was awarded the 2011 President's Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Blog Entries by Dr Peter Wothers

Never Work With Children, Chemicals or Tesla Coils

(0) Comments | Posted 24 December 2012 | (00:00)

Finally I'm back at home relaxing after recording the 2012 Christmas Lectures. The oldest known science programme for young people, they were started in 1825 at the Royal Institution in London and have been given every year since then apart from a short break during the 1939-45 war when their...

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Where Are All the Girls?

(1) Comments | Posted 17 November 2012 | (00:00)

It was certainly pleasing, and perhaps not too unexpected, to see the numbers of students taking science and maths A-levels increase this summer.

Perhaps the rise is due to the increased exposure of science on the TV - "the Brian Cox effect" - or maybe, with minds focused towards...

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Lessons to be Learned From Cambridge Pre-U as A Level Reforms Unfold

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2012 | (12:25)

'What will university involvement look like and how exactly will it work?' This is one of big questions that arose out of the Education Secretary, Michael Gove's announcement that exam boards need to involve universities in designing A-Levels.

In my view, as a university lecturer, it is sensible to involve...

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