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David Pettifor 1945-2017

Professor David Pettifor CBE FRS (1945 - 2017)

It is with great sadness that the department announces the death of one of our most respected and eminent colleagues. David joined the department in 1995 as the Isaac Wolfson Professor of Metallurgy and established the Materials Modelling Laboratory jointly with Professor Adrian Sutton FRS. The MML became and national and international centre for research into the theory of metals and other materials, and continues to this day to fulfil the founding vision of understanding and designing materials from the sub-atomic to engineering scale. David formally retired from the department in 2011 but continued to provide supervision, guidance and irreplaceable wisdom to many early career research scientists and colleagues.