In memoriam: An appreciation of past members

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Les Erasmus was a recognised national and international authority on the role of nitrogen, microalloying and dual phase effects in structural and specialty steels

Keith Atkinson was a renowned geologist who also had a great interest in mineral processing

Arthur Brace was known as the Father of Anodizing and was instrumental in founding the International Hard Anodizing Association and the Aluminum Anodizers Council in the USA.

Professor Hepburn, a stalwart supporter of the IOM3 Rubber in Engineering Group and a major figure in the UK rubber community, passed away on 18 January 2017

Mr K M Philip played a key role in the post-war transformation of the rubber industry in India and remained active on several company boards until the age of 102

Claude and Lyn outside 10 Downing Street

Claude Hepburn, a stalwart of the IOM3 Rubber in Engineering Group who made a vast contribution to the rubber community, died in January aged 81.

Professor Ernest Hondros, a British materials scientist, innovator, leader, and friend to many, spent much of his working life at the National Physical Laboratory and did much to promote materials science research nationally and internationally.

Philip Beckley worked in the electrical steels industry for almost 40 years and his contribution to the technology earned him international renown both within the industry and in academia.

Bill Roberts was a crystallographer who made notable contributions to the study of the anisotropic behaviour of metals and will be remembered by the many students of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham


Michael West was perhaps the most highly regarded mining publisher of the 20th century and was also one of the very few mining engineers to be ordained into the Church of England