Cheetham is Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has been: Director, Materials Research Laboratory, UC Santa Barbara; Reader and University Lecturer, University of Oxford; E. P. Abraham Cephalosporin Junior Research Fellow, Lincoln College, Oxford. He has contributed extensively to research on advanced materials, including magnetic oxides, defect structures, porous solids and catalysis. His work on open framework inorganic and hybrid materials is particularly noteworthy. His honours include: Corday-Morgan Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry, London; Chaire Blaise-Pascal, Paris; Leverhulme Medal, Royal Society; TWAS Medal lecturer; Raman Professor, IAS; Honorary Doctorates, Versailles, St. Andrews and Tumkur Universities. His membership includes Royal Society, London, Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences and the Leopoldina.