Nick Younger FREng FIMMM (Obit)

Fellows' Lounge
1 Jul 2010

Nick Younger FREng FIMMM was born on 23 December 1934, and died in April 2010. He devoted his career to the realisation of new metallurgical processes and at the time of his retirement was Technical Director of Davy International in Stockton.


Career history

His first job after graduating from Cambridge University was with TWI where he made significant contributions to understanding the failure caused by the cracking of welded joints in stainless steels. He moved to the Davy Corporation in 1962 and worked on the metallurgical processes then being developed, and those which were in the early stages of industrial application, such as continuous casting and direct smelting of ores.

In 1968, Nick joined RTZ, where he was engaged in the development of superplastic sheet based on the zinc/aluminium eutectic, which led to the production of super-plastically formed components. He returned to Davy in 1975 and remained there throughout the rest of his career, becoming known for successfully driving through to commercial application developments such as coal-based ore reduction (the DRC and HISMELT processes), direct casting of wide steel strip in conjunction with the Korean company POSCO, and Transverse Flux Induction Heating of strip developed with British Steel.


Service to IOM3

Nick served the Institute and its forerunners in a number of capacities. He was a member of the former Institute of Metals Iron and Steelmaking Committee and its Chairman from 1986-89. He was one of the four members of Council of the Institute of Materials representing the metals industries. He was also an active Council member for TWI, and from 1983-84 was President of the Cleveland Institution of Engineers.


Life outside of work

A devoted family man who loved choral music and country pursuits, Nick believed passionately that the place for engineers was in industry where they could make a difference to the world, and he did his best to ensure recognition of their contribution to our lives. His quiet and courteous manner hid a shrewd mind and sound technical ability. He was a delightful companion who will be widely missed, judging from the many who attended his funeral service at Ripon Cathedral.