Materials World 150th Anniversary Issue
Welcome to the beautiful anniversary edition of Materials World. You will notice that it is larger than normal and, thanks to the sterling work of our designers, it includes a special cover and a commemorative eight-page fold-out detailing our Institute’s family tree and its continued growth.
This is to celebrate the founding of the predecessors of our Institute, and trace the unions and collaborations that have brought us to where we are today. In our nod to the past you can read a brief history of IOM3 (page 36), the work of Henry Bessemer (page 42) and a condensed version of the first President’s inaugural address (page 39). However, in addition to recognising past achievements we are also looking ahead to the challenges and emerging opportunities in current and future materials development. You can read about more specific issues in the division-focused articles, from page 46.
Individuals have played vital roles in the success of IOM3, and we celebrate the contributions of women in materials (page 82), highlight young people to watch (page 84), and thank the Member's Benevolent Trust (page 77) which continues to assist members and their families during difficult times.
This issue of Materials World has been a truly collaborative one. As well as our designers going the extra mile, we have received messages from our President and CEO, historical information from our librarians and publisher, a personal note regarding Institute News, and contributions from some of our divisions. Your ongoing support for the magazine is greatly appreciated, and we hope you enjoy and keep this anniversary issue for years to come.
Ceri Jones, Editor