Stokowiec Medal & Prize
The Stokowiec Medal & Prize is presented in recognition of distinguished work related to the technical, manufacturing, processing or engineering application of alloy steels, including stainless steels.
The winner will receive a medal and £300.00
2022 Cathy Bell, 2021 Mr Stephen Bastow, 2019 M J Rawson, 2018 R Higginson, 2017 Not awarded, 2016 A Backhouse, 2015 Not awarded, 2014 P Jonsson, 2013 not awarded, 2012 P H Bateson, 2010 J Martin, 2008 Dr Nigel G Needham, 2006 P C Morgan, 2004 P H M Hart, 2002 J Beardwood, 2000 K J King, 1998 H Everson, 1997 G K Allan, 1996 P Beckley, 1995 J Wilkinson, 1994 J E Truman, 1993 S Bernhardsson, 1992 D Dulieu, 1991 I G Davies, 1990 R A E Hooper, 1989 P Brewin, 1987 D A A Reeves, 1984 K C Barraclough
Zygmunt Stokowiec was educated at Warsaw University and became the manager of a foundry. When Poland was invaded in 1939, Stokowiec was ordered to leave the capital and move the foundry to the south. This proved impossible since the Russians then invaded from the east. He left Poland and after an adventurous journey was sent to a foundry in Paris which had soon to be evacuated after the German occupation of Northern France.
In 1942, Stokowiec succeeded in reaching this country and was sent immediately to David Brown Foundries in Penistone. He remained there until 1954, becoming the superintendent of its large nonferrous foundry.
In 1954, he joined the Lissauer Group, a New York based firm of enormous resources and worldwide interests. His first task was to rationalise the British subsidiary, Leopold Lazaris at the Birmingham plant, then producing ingots from scrap. In 1958 the nonferrous production was superseded by the foundation of a new company, Spartan Steel and Alloys, created for the production of high purity stainless steels.
During the following years, with his characteristic persistence, Stokowiec created a melting shop in Birmingham, the first arc electric furnace being tapped by the then Lord Mayor of Birmingham in December 1958, and later a billet and bar mill in Sheffield.
Stokowiec's constant search for quality and purity of his company's products led him to purchase virtually the first spectrographical equipment for the instant analysis of metal production and later he again led the field with the introduction of Union Carbide's argon/oxygen de-oxidising process. When he retired in 1974, the company had a record orderbook.
He had become a British citizen in 1948 and in the concluding paragraph of a reported interview for The British Steelmaker in 1966, the reported wrote:
'Stokowiec does not look like a man who has braved invading armies, secret police and enemy submarines in search of freedom. His manner is friendly and relaxed and like a man in complete sympathy with his environment. It was a lucky day for Britain when this dedicated technologist decided to throw in his lot with us.'
IoM News, p.627, November 1993