Sir Henry Bessemer lecture and dinner

19 Nov 2014

The Iron and Steel Society presented its annual awards, headlined by the Sir Henry Bessemer Gold Medal on 18 November.

Gold Medal awardee Dr Hiroshi Timono gave a fascinating lecture on bringing Henry Bessemer’s dream to reality. Dr Timono demonstrated just how similar today’s steel casting production lines are to Bessemer’s, even after 150 years of innovation.

Timono, who is Representative Director and Vice Chairman of Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation, explained Japan’s significant role in the advancement of steel manufacturing and showed that efficiency in the steel making process has improved so much in the past 50 years that the ratio of input to output is getting very close to perfect. So Bessemer’s dream is very close to reality, but what comes next?

Dr Timono believes the industry is overdue for a 'Cambrian Explosion’ of new technology, but when that will happen, and what form it will take, is still an unknown. All the manufacturers can do is be prepared. 

It was acknowledged that if Bessemer were still around today, he would have been very pleased by the way his technology has advanced in the years since he invented it. The room gave a toast to his memory, which will live on for a long time to come.

Pictured left to right, IOM3 Past-President Barry Lye presents Dr Hiroshi Timono with his Bessemer Medal.

Medal Winners

Bessemer Gold Medal

Dr Hiroshi Tomono

Hadfield Medal and Prize

Louis Brimacombe

Thomas Medal and Prize

Christopher McDonald

Stokowiec Medal and Prize

Professor Pär Jönsson

Frank Fitzgerald Medal and Travel Award

Dr Sinan Al-Bermani

Dowding Medal and Prize

Andrew Bainbridge

Adrian Normanton Medal

Professor Pär Jönsson

Tom Colclough Medal and Prize

Professor David Porter