Dr Peter Wothers

Understanding the Periodic Table

It is nearly 150 years since the publication of Medeleev’s first periodic table. Looking at the struture of atoms and chemical bonding, Dr Peter Wothers explores why the Table is arranged as it is and why it works so well.

He is a teaching fellow at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge and Director of Studies in Chemistry at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. In 2012 he gave the Royal Institution’s famous Christmas Lectures and is involved extensively in writing and outreach projects for young people interested in Chemistry.