Tom Colclough Medal & Prize

In recognition of contribution to microstructure, mechanical properties, fabricability or in-service performance, production or engineering in the iron and steel industry.

Tom Colclough Medal & Prize

The Tom Colclough Medal & Prize is presented in recognition of learned contribution to understanding microstructure, mechanical properties, fabricability or in-service performance, production or engineering in the iron and steel industry.

The winner will receive a medal and £300.00

Award judging

The award is judged by the IOM3 Iron & Steel Leadership Team.

Past winners

2021 -
2023 Dr Andy Trowsdale CEng FIMMM, 2022 Dr Philip R Kirkwood, 2021 Matt Green CEng MIMMM

2001 - 2020
2019 A Dunsmore, 2018 N A McPherson, 2017 N Baddoo, 2016 A Bannister, 2015 D Crowther, 2014 D Porter, 2013 N Cooper, 2012 S Brett, 2011 T Williams, 2010 Prof T Neville Baker, 2009 P E Reynolds, 2008 S E Webster, 2006 F Faries, 2004 M Gleave, 2002 Prof J H Beynon

1981 - 2000
2000 J G Simpson, 1998 P E J Flewitt, 1997 J W Campbell, 1996 G Walker, 1995 Dr B M Armstrong, 1994 Dr Mike J Pettifor, 1993 J H Ball, 1992 H P Jost, 1991 D A Campbell & M M Bowness, 1990 G D Saul, 1989 J W Cudby, 1988 T Tait, 1986 G T Brown, 1984 J R Blank, 1982 P Nilles, 1981 V T Morgan

1963 - 1980
1980 D S Calvert, 1979 A N Whiting, 1978 A D Busby, 1977 G Heynert, 1976 V Giedroyc, 1975 E Davies, 1973 C Sturdy, 1972 H Wiegel, 1971 I M D Halliday, 1970 W H Jenkins, 1969 H W Meyer, 1968 E M Summers, 1967 B Trentini, 1966 T Dennison, 1965 J A Kilby, 1964 J McCracken, 1963 R W Evans


About Dr T P Colclough CBE

Dr T P Colclough CBE, an outstanding figure in the British iron and steel industry, died at his home in Buckinghamshire on 22 September 1961, aged 75.

Tom Peach Colclough was educated at the University of Manchester, where he specialised in organic chemistry and was awarded the degree of MSc in 1906. He entered the steel industry in 1916, when he took up the appointment of chief chemist at the Brown-Firth Research Laboratories under the late Dr Hatfield. Two years later he was awarded an Associateship and a Mappin Medal in Metallurgy at the University of Sheffield, and in 1920 he graduated in metallurgy. The degrees of DSc of Manchester University and MMet of Sheffield were awarded to him in 1937, and in 1959 he was awarded the degree of DMet by Sheffield University.

He joined the Park Gate Iron and Steel Company Ltd in 1920, and during the following nine years held the positions of chief chemist, chief metallurgist, open-health manager, and technical officer. His next appointment was as technical director to H A Brassert and Company Ltd, a position which he held until 1942. During this time he took part in the development and building of several steel plants, including the Corby works of Stewarts and Lloyds Ltd, and the Ebbw Vale works of Richard Thomas and Baldwins Ltd.

Dr Colclough studied iron-ore and coal mining and iron and steel manufacture in the USA and in most of the countries in Europe; he visited China in 1936 and New Zealand in 1939 to report on the establishment of national steel industries in these countries. For a time he held the post of national adviser to the Hermann Goering works in Germany and Austria and the Turkish steelworks at Karabuk. During the Second World War he was appointed technical adviser to the Iron and Steel Control, Ministry of Supply. From 1945 to 1949 he was technical adviser to the Control Commission in Germany, and in 1947 he was awarded the CBE for his services to the Ministry. He became technical adviser and consultant, and later chief technical adviser to the British Iron and Steel Federation, assisting in the preparation of its development programmes and he was member of the Technical Advisory Panel of the Iron and Steel Board.

A man of truly international vision, he served as technical adviser to the ISCON project at Durgapur and was a member of the Royal Commission on the steel industry of Southern Rhodesia. In recent years he led BISF missions to the USSR, Poland and Yugoslavia.

Dr Colclough was elected a member of The Iron and Steel Institute in 1921. He represented the Institute on the Council of the British Iron and Steel Research Association from 1949 to 1952. He was a member of the Ironmaking Panels of the Association from 1949 to 1952, and later chairman of the Steelmaking Panel.

In 1954 Dr Colclough was awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal for his distinguished contribution to the development, in theory and practice, of the manufacture of iron and steel. He was elected an Honorary Vice-President of the Institute in May 1961.

Nomination process

The following information is required to submit a nomination:

  • Nominee's title, full name, email address, IOM3 member grade (if applicable) and postnominals, company and position
  • Citation (500 words max) to support your nomination
  • Additional documentation (i.e. letters of support, CV, list of publications) to further support your nomination
  • Details of an external (third) referee (only if the nominee and nominator are from the same organisation).

Please note you may save your nomination as a draft at any point during the process and complete at a later date.