Steel Heroes - Brian Pickering, Terry Gladman and Ken Irvine

Dr. Frederick (Brian) Pickering



  • 1927 – 2017
  • Sidney Gilchrist Thomas Medal in 1968
  • Sir Robert Hadfield Medal 1971
  • Charles Hatchett Medal in 1985
  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering[ in 1987
  • Bessemer Gold Medal in 1994



Physical Metallurgy and the Design of Steels (ISBN 0-85334-752-2, originally published in 1978)

He authored over 160 research publications throughout his career.

Dr. Terry Gladman



  • 1933 - Present
  • MBE in 1990
  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1991
  • Bessemer Gold Medal in 2000


Terry Gladman wrote a text book called the Physical Metallurgy of Microalloyed Steels

Dr. Ken J Irvine


  • 1924 – 2016
  • Nuffield Foundation Travelling Scholarship in 1947
  • United Steel Companies Director of Research in 1971
  • British Steel Director of Research in 1981

The research and development activities of these three contributed significantly to the creation of stronger and lighter steels.   Their notable research and development throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s laid the foundations for much of the physical metallurgy of high strength, low alloy steels, in particular niobium steels.

Panel Discussion: Dr Ken Irvine, Dr Brian Pickering and Dr Terry Gladman from Beta on Vimeo.

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