John Head received his B.Sc. from University College, London in 1973 and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1979. He then held postdoctoral positions at the University of Arkansas, the University of Guelph and the Quantum Theory Project at the University of Florida. He joined the faculty at Hawaii in 1985. His research interests are in theoretical chemistry applied to understanding the chemical interactions taking place at surfaces. More recently he has been developing theoretical methods for investigating nanocluster materials.