Dr Terry Page grew up in West London and, following A-levels in science, he read chemistry at Imperial College London, graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree. He specialised in inorganic chemistry and, following two years working at the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, he joined Royal Holloway College to research the structural and thermochemistry of mixed chalcogen, gold and halogen compounds, receiving a PhD in 1978. He then joined British Petroleum (BP) and spent over 20 years working in research and technical service on the hydrocatalytic and thermal conversion of fuel oil containing high sulphur and metals to lighter distillate fractions for blending into transportation fuels.
After leaving BP, Terry has worked mainly as a process engineering contractor on projects in downstream oil, and in the nuclear industry.
Terry has been a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) volunteer for nearly 40 years. His volunteering began when he was asked by BP to represent the company on the committee of the RSC's Process Chemistry and Technology Group (PCTG) as the existing member was leaving BP.
While serving on the committee, Terry organised several scientific meetings on chemical processing and, on his second meeting, he took over the position of Honorary Secretary – a post that he held for 21 years. At the same time, he became involved with the committee of the RSC's Downland Local Section (serving terms as Chair and Honorary Secretary), the SE Region Education Division (serving as Honorary Secretary), and the RSC's Head Office governance group. Terry has organised numerous activities for his local section, including the Downland Heats and Local Section Finals of the Chemistry Challenge competition, hands-on chemistry events (Kitchen Cupboard Chemistry) at science fairs and for scout groups, organised careers events in schools ('Look what chemistry has done for me') as well as several retired member lunches and lectures.