In memoriam: An appreciation of past members

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Neil was a mining engineer proficient in underground and open pit mines. His experience spanned operations, projects, consultancy and corporate level appointments.

Bob Fenn contributed greatly to the advance of metallurgy and welding technology. He invented automatic welding devices that guaranteed consistent and reliable weld penetration and pioneered other approaches to NDT that are now used universally.

Frank Paine was former Director of the Packaging Division at PIRA International, author of several packaging textbooks and former Editor in Chief of Packaging Technology & Science

Dr Peter Jost - "the father of Tribology" - died at the beginning of June 2016

David Barradell was instrumental in promoting developments in the steelmaking process at British Steel in the 80s and 90s, as well as an excellent mentor of younger technologists

Bob Waugh was one of the world’s top electron optical engineers, and developed the first commercial focused ion beam, which is now used in laboratories worldwide for transmission electron microscopy specimen preparation and surface chemical analysis

Robert Moskovic, the son of Jewish Holocaust survivors, gained an international reputation in the nuclear power industry

To many, Charlie Geddes and his wife were the SPRA. Together they attended local meetings, IOM3 Local Society Forums, British Plastics Federation and the Horners’ Company events as representatives, indeed ambassadors, for SPRA.

Dr Wally Eldred had a lifelong career in the nuclear industry. He died in December 2015.

Steve, an excellent rubber technologist and a gifted compounder, died in December 2015