John Parker moved to Sheffield from the University of Cambridge in 1971, having completed a first class MA in Natural Sciences, a PhD and a post-doctoral NERC fellowship studying aluminosilicates with incommensurate structures. At Sheffield he has developed interests in both the optical/structural properties of glasses and the technology of bulk glass making, supported by links with local glass manufacturers.
Now Emeritus Professor of Glass Technology, John is actively involved in the International Commission on Glass, and is past-president of both the Society of Glass Technology and the European Society of Glass Science and Technology.
His particular research interests have recently fallen in the area of optical properties of glass, particularly the way dopant ions interact with light. This has led him into areas ranging from fibre optics to glass colour, history and art.
As Curator, John is responsible for the collection of Glass Artefacts held in the Turner Museum at the University of Sheffield. These are mostly works collected during the first half of the 20th Century but there are both newer and older items of significance too.