B.Sc; First Class Honors in Physics from Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, 1971.
Ph.D; University College, London; Title: A Theoretical Study of Magnetohydrodynamic Processes in Solar Active Regions. (Completed dissertation August 1974; defended December 1974; received bit of paper, January 1975)
John Adam was winner of a 2007 Outstanding Faculty Award for the State of Virginia. According to the web site for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), the Outstanding Faculty Awards are the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service.
In 2012 he was a recipient of a Carl B. Allendoerfer Award from the Mathematical Association of America. The Award, established in 1976, is made to authors of expository articles published in Mathematics Magazine. The particular article is concerned with blood vessel branching. It is item #97 in the publication list.
1974-1976: Research Fellow in Theoretical Astronomy, University of Sussex, England.
1976-1978: Research Assistant in Applied Mathematics, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
1978-1983: Lecturer in Mathematics, New University of Ulster (and concurrently Research Associate in Theoretical Physics, Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies)
1983-1984: Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, New University of Ulster (and during 1983 also Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester N.Y.
1984-present: Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
1999 - present: Designated University Professor of Mathematics (for excellence in teaching)