Award winners 2007

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Premier Awards

Awards for Personal Achievement

Awards for Published Work

Awards given by Other Bodies

Awards receiving no nominations for 2007

Awards not available for 2007


Bessemer Gold Medal

For outstanding services to the steel industry, the business acumen of Mr L Mittal, President of Arcelor-Mittal Steel, is recognised for his help in developing the international steel industry while growing his own family business.

Chapman Medal

For distinguished research in the field of biomedical materials, particularly with respect to biomaterials innovation which has produced benefits for patients and/or contributed to associated opportunities for industry. Awarded to Professor D Williams, University of Liverpool, for his work on biocompatibility and contribution to industry while acting as Director of the UK Centre for Tissue Engineering. Williams is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biomaterials and has provided consultancy services to medical device companies as well as government agencies.

Colwyn Medal

To an individual for outstanding services to the rubber industry of ascientific, technical or engineering character. Awarded to Dr K Fuller due to his significant work on rubber bearings for vibration isolation and earthquake protection. His interest in seismic isolation has manifested itself in his lead role in five EU-funded projects, four of which concerned vibration mitigation and earthquake solutions. Now retired, he remains active in the field as a consultant to the ISO and BSI Standards committees on earthquake isolation bearings.

Futers Gold Medal

For outstanding services to the international minerals industry, awarded to Mr A J Smith, a Managing Partner of Wardell Armstrong. Smith has contributed to international and UK projects, including in South Africa for Shell Coal where he led the design team of an underground mine. His interest lies in the use of subsistence mining to help alleviate poverty in developing countries.

Gold Medal

For a company, team or individual who has made a significant contribution to the industrial application of materials, awarded to Dr A Normanton, Manager of Steelmaking and Casting at Corus Research and Development Group for his strong team leadership which has resulted in research being applied to industrial applications. Having investigated optimum secondary steelmaking conditions for continuous casting, his findings are in the development stage at Corus steelmaking units.

Griffith Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished work which has made or is making a notable contribution to any branch of materials science, awarded to Professor R O Ritchie of the University of California. This accolade recognises Ritchie’s contribution to the understanding of fatigue and fracture in engineering and medical materials.

Platinum Medal

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, awarded to Dr S R Keown in recognition of his outstanding services to the Institute and to the Profession, culminating in his work to establish the National Metals Technology Centre.

Silver Medal

For Younger Members (normally under the age of 30) in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the broad field of materials science, engineering and technology including promotion of their subject on a national or international basis. Awarded to Dr M Hall of the University of Nottingham for his promotion of sustainable construction materials. He acts as a referee for the international journal Construction and Building Materials, published by Elsevier. Hall established a Masters course in ‘Energy Conversion and Management’of which he is currently the Course Director.

Sir Andrew Bryan

For sustained and outstanding contributions to the Institute and its activities, awarded to Mr J Weston for his long-standing commitment to the Institute. He joined as a student member and was both Chairman and Secretary of regional societies within IOM3. His commitment grew as he did, and he showed great dedication to the former North Staffs Institute of Mining Electrical and Mining Mechanical Engineers (IMEMME), where he acted as Treasurer, Secretary and President. He has sat on and chaired various committees, including as Vice-President of the IMEMME managing committee.


Dowding Medal & Prize

In recognition of a major contribution to the invention, development or design of metallurgical plant, particularly rolling and finishing, leading to improved economy, yield or quality in metal production. Awarded to Dr P D Spooner.

Frank Fitzgerald Medal and Travel Award

In recognition of a member (under 35 years old) of the Institute who is active in the field of iron and steel, and who has demonstrated excellence in and commitment to continuing professional development in the form of depth and/or breadth of technical knowledge or in a personal contribution to promoting the profession, awarded to Mr I Baillie, Corus.

Hadfield Medal & Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievement in relation to metallurgical practice, process development, product development, metallurgical understanding or design engineering connected with iron and steel or associated industries, awarded to Mr J Winfield Marshall.

Holland Award

In recognition of meritorious service in manufacture and technology within the traditional ceramics industry, awarded to Mr T Shingler to reward his long and distinguished career in the sector. Indeed, his publications are used as definitive reference texts.

Holliday Prize

In recognition of significant or technological contribution relating to any type of composite material, awarded to Professor P Hogg of Queen Mary, University of London.

Hume Rothery Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievements concerned with phase relationship in metallic materials or non-metallic materials of metallurgical interest, awarded to Professor T Nishizawa for work in the field of phase equilibria and computational thermodynamics.

Jenkins Award

In recognition of significant contribution which has enhanced the scientific, industrial or technological understanding of materials processing or component production using particulate materials, awarded to Professor J Binner from the Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering at Loughborough University.

Kroll Medal & Prize

In recognition of significant contribution which has enhanced the scientific understanding of materials chemistry as applied to the industrial production of materials, normally inorganic. Awarded to Mr P O’Brien, University of Manchester.

Rosenhain Medal & Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievement in any branch of materials science, preference being given to candidates under the age of 40, awarded to Mr A H W Ngan, University of Hong Kong.

Rowbotham Medal

An annual award, to recognise an outstanding contribution from a young person or a team of young people, to the development or innovative use of materials for automotive applications. Awarded to Mr M Ellis.

T B Marsden Award

In recognition of services to the profession over a period of not less than 20 years by a member who has not been recognised by the Institute in other ways, awarded to Dr D Elliott.

Thomas Medal & Prize

In recognition of scientific or technological contribution to the production or secondary processing of any ferrous alloy, awarded to Mr P F Morris.

Thornton Medal

To a speaker invited to present at either an Institute conference or other specially convened meeting, awarded to Professor R Smith of Imperial College London.

Verulam Medal & Prize

In recognition of distinguished contributions to refractories or any other type of ceramic materials, awarded to Professor R Freer,University of Manchester. He has chaired groups linked to the European Ceramics Society and sits on the editorial board of the IOM3 journal Advances in Applied Ceramics – Structural, Functional and Bioceramics.


Alan Glanvill Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of polymers. Awarded to A Polynkin, J F T Pittman and J Sienz, University of Wales, Swansea, for their paper ‘Industrial applications of gas assisted injection moulding: numerical prediction and experimental trials’ in Plastics, Rubber and Composites, June 2005, Vol 34 no 5/6 pp236-246.

Billiton Gold Medal

For the best paper published in Transactions C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy. Awarded to D M Muir and E Ho,CSIRO and ANSTO, for their paper ‘Process review and electrochemistry of nickel sulphides and nickel mattes in acidic sulphate and chloridemedia’, Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy (Trans. IMM C), June 2006, Vol 115 no 2 pp57-65.

Composite Award

For published work of particular merit in the field of composites, awarded to Q Yuan and R D K Misra, University of Louisiana, for their paper ‘Polymer nanocomposites: current understanding and issues’, Materials Science and Technology, 2006, Vol 22 no 7 pp742-755.

Cook Ablett Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of metals. Awarded to Dr E A Little, University of Wales, Swansea, for his paper ‘Development of radiation resistant materials for advanced nuclear power plant’, Materials Science and Technology, 2007, Vol 22 no 5 pp491-518.

Douglas Hay Award

For the best paper published in Transactions A: Mineral Technology. Awarded Mr K Reed and Mr T P Medhurst of AMC Consultants Pty Ltd for their paper ‘Ground response curves for longwall support assessment’, Mining Technology (Trans. IMM A), June 2005, Vol 114 no 2 pp81-88.

Guy Bengough Award

For a paper published by the Institute which makes an outstanding contribution to the subject of corrosion and degradation of all types of materials and their control. Awarded to R E Melchers, University of Newcastle, Australia, for the paper ‘Examples of mathematical modelling of long term general corrosion of structural steels in sea water’, Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology, 2006, Vol 41 no 1 pp38-44.

James S Walker Award

For a published paper or an unpublished project report by a student on the subject of polymers. Awarded to Ms A Dawson of London Metropolitan University for the project report ‘The Measurement of the Thermal Conductivity of Amorphous Polymers above Glass Transition Temperature’, and J J Dai for the paper ‘Experimental studies on fracture of unidirectional glass-fibre-reinforced plastics composites with V-notch’, Plastics, Rubber and Composites, February 2006, Vol 35 no 1, pp8-14.

Materials World Award

An annual award to recognise an important feature or review published during the year within the Institute’s member magazines. Nominations proposed from the magazine group and membership are reviewed by the Awards Committee. Awarded to Mr D Farrar, Smith and Nephew Research Centre for the informative content and clear supporting graphics in the paper ‘Healing the rift’, Materials World, August 2006, Vol 14 no 8 pp18-20.

Pfeil Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of ceramics. Awarded to P Colombo of Padua University in Italy, F Zordan from Pennsylvania State University and E Medvedovski of Ceramic Protection Corporation for their paper ‘Ceramic-polymer composites for ballistic protection’, Advances in Applied Ceramics, 2006, Vol 105 no 2 pp78-83.

Wardell Armstrong Prize

For the best paper published in Transactions B: Applied Earth Science. Awarded to Mr D Holwell of Cardiff University and A Jordaan from South Africa for their paper ‘Three-dimensional mapping of the Platreef at the Zwartfontein South mine: implications for the timing of magmatic events in the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa’, Applied Earth Science (Trans IMM B), 2006, 115 (2) pp41-48.

Williams Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit concernedwith the manufacture and use of iron and steel. Awarded to Mr J Aylen of PREST, Manchester Business School and Dr K Albertson, Manchester Metropolitan University, for their paper ‘Markets in ferrous scrap for steelmaking’, Ironmaking and Steetmaking, 2006, Vol 33 no 3 pp203-212.


Beilby Medal & Prize (administered on a 3-yearly cycle by IOM3, SCI and RSC)

In recognition of substantial work of exceptional practicalsignificance in chemical engineering, applied materials science, energy efficiency or a related field. Preference given to candidates under 40. Awarded to Professor I D W Samuel, University of St Andrews, who has made major contributions to the development and practical application of organic semiconductors.

Harvey Flower Titanium Prize 2006 (retrospective)

Offered by the Titanium Information Group to students, graduates, and practicing materials engineers. The winning entry will, in the opinion of the judges, contribute most constructively to: an improved understanding of titanium metallurgy or alloy development; a new application for titanium or titanium alloys; a significant extension ofthe use of titanium; the enhancement of the performance of titanium in an existing application; or any other scientific or technological innovation or improvement in connection with the production, processing and use of titanium and its alloys. Awarded to Dr M Winstone.

Vanadium Award 2006 (retrospective)

For the most outstanding paper in the metallurgy and technology of vanadium and its alloys, awarded to X H Wang, M Zhang, Z D Zou and S Y Qu of Shandong University.

Charles Hatchett Award

For the best paper on the science and technology of niobium and its alloys. Sponsored by Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineracao (CBMM) and selected by the Charles Hatchett Award International Panel. Awarded to C P Reip, S Shanmugam and R D K Misra for their paper 'High Strength Microalloyed CMn(V-Nb-Ti) and CMn(V-Nb) Pipeline Steels processed through CSP Thin Slab Technology: Microstructure, Precipitation and Mechanical Properties', Materials Science and Engineering, May 2006, Vol 424 nos 1-2, pp307-317.


Grunfeld Medal & Prize

In recognition of professional contribution which has had significant influence on the engineering application of components made from any alloys in the metallurgical industries. This prize is for people in early to mid-career.

Mann Redmayne Award

To a non-corporate member, under 35 years of age, who is the author of the best paper published in the Transactions of the Institute.

Medal for Excellence

For conspicuous contribution, either during the year or cumulatively over a number of years, to the art, science and practise of the mining industry. The recipient may be an individual or organisation.

Overseas Award

For a member resident overseas, for the best paper presented at an Institute symposium, or published in a mining journal or for notable contribution to development of the Institute overseas. The recipient will receive a medal and certificate.


Colclough (Tom Colclough) Medal and Prize

In recognition of learned contribution to understanding microstructure, mechanical properties, fabricability or in-service performance, production or engineering connected with the iron and steel industry. Given alternate (even) years with Dowding. Prize value £300.

Hancock Medal

To an individual for outstanding service to the rubber industry where such services have benefited either the nation, government authorities or industry. Open only to members of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Given alternate (even) years with Colwyn.

Prince Philip Award

For polymers in the service of mankind. Awarded not more than once every two years, not less than once every five years. Instituted to commemorate the presentation of the first Honorary Fellowship of the PRI to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on 22 May 1973. International, open to members and non-members, individuals, companies, partnerships, associations, societies or academic institutions. Names and addresses of two independent referees required. Last awarded 2006.

Stokowiec Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished work related to the technical, manufacturing, processing or engineering application of alloy steels. Given alternate (even) years with Grunfeld. Prize value £300.

Swinburne Award

To recognise the achievement of a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and knowledge of any field related to the science, engineering or technology of plastics. It is a requirement of acceptance that the recipient shall prepare and deliver the Swinburne Lecture on an occasion selected by the Institute. Award consists of a gold medal and £250 honorarium. Awarded alternate (even) years.