IOM3 Medals and Prizes 2010 winners
The Institute has announced the 2010 winners of its Medal and Prizes. The premier award winners are listed below.
- Tom Bell Award – Professor John Nicholls FIMMM,
Cranfield University. He
established the National High Temperature Surface Engineering Centre
and is a world expert on this area of materials science. His seminal work on coating systems to
combat high temperature corrosion and wear has led to improved
processes and coatings.
- Bessemer Gold Medal – Professor Mike Sellars FIMMM,
University of Sheffield. Sellars' expertise lies in microstructure
changes and how hot working effects the properties of materials. This
research has led to several models of the rolling process which are
remain in use today.
- Sir Andrew Bryan – Dr Chris Corti FIMMM. As a
member of the IOM3 Local Affairs Board Corti has been an active supporter
of the Young Persons' Lecture Competition as a way of promoting
materials science to students. Corti has served on Council, the
membership committee, the Professional Policy Board and The Member's
- Chapman Medal – Professor James Kirkpatrick,
Institute of Pathology, for successfully bringing together academic
research and clinical applications.
He sits on a number of editorial advisory boards for biomedical
journals and is an external reviewer for funding agencies such as the
Medical Research Council and the EPSRC.
- Futers Gold Medal – Dr Christopher Fleming,
Consultant for SGS. After 16 years working in
hydrometallurgical research and development for Mintek in South Africa,
he moved to Lakefield Research in Canada, rising from General Manager
to CEO. He later gained responsibility for the company's worldwide
- Gold Medal – Dr Derek Allen.
Allen works for Alstom Power and is seconded to the Technology Strategy
Board to advise on energy generation and supply. In this role he works
to ensure new and sustainable energy materials receive industrial and
governmental backing. His academic work focuses on high temperature and
- Griffith Medal and Prize – Professor Robin Grimes FIMMM,
Imperial College London. He balances his academic commitments of leading the
EPSRC consortium on nuclear and Director of Imperial's Centre for
Nuclear Engineering with media appearances in support of nuclear
- Medal for Excellence – Andrew Watson FIMMM,
Commercial Manger of the Mines Rescue Services. Watson secured the
financial future of the Services by expanding its offerings into
training and health and safety to mitigate the loss of revenue as UK
mines closed. He has advocated an industry-recognised training scheme
for the Service.
- Platinum Medal – Professor G Thompson OBE FIMMM, The University of Manchester, in recognition of outstanding service to the Institute and to its
objectives or for other outstanding contributions to materials science,
technology and industry nationally or internationally.
- Silver Medal – Dr Christopher Gourlay ProfGrad,
Imperial College London. His
interest lies in light casting and soldering alloys. This led to collaboration with a Japanese group to use
synchrotron X-ray video microscopy. By noticing shear band-formation in
iceberg floes and rocks in magma, he was able to establish links with
researchers into soil-mechanics.
Stokowiec Medal and Prize – John Martin MIMMM. In a career spanning
almost 30 years, he has been involved in every metallurgical aspect of oil and
gas exploration and production, ranging from operations, projects, field
support and research and development.
- Swinburne Award – Professor Ton Peijs ProfGrad,
Queen Mary University of London, for work on
processing-structure-property relationships of polymers and their
of his work has been commercialised, such as recyclable self-reinforced
polypropylene and commingled PLA/flax textile yarns for biodegradable
Details of all other award winners can be found on the 2010 award winners page.