Old News


May 2003

Professor Adrian Sutton elected as Fellows of the Royal Society

The Times rank Oxford top for Materials in the UK again.

March 2003

HEFCE awarded Oxford Materials 5** status in a (little publicised) extension of the latest Research Assessment Exercise. This will lead to some modest additional funding for the department (or possibly, more accurately, a lesser cut back next year than would otherwise have been the case).

February 2003

Professor Colin Whitehouse appointed as Director of Engineering at CCLRC and as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Materials.

January 2003

Dr. Steve Roberts appointed to the Tutorial Fellowship in Materials at St. Edmund Hall.

November 2002

Dr Laura Jones appointed as Deputy Administrator (Academic).

October 2002

Professor Andrew Briggs appointed Professor of Nanomaterials.

September 2002

Professor David Cockayne elected President of the International Federation of Societies of Microscopy, starting in January 2003 for four years.

Professor John Hunt FRS retired after outstanding contributions in the field of solification, while in the Department from 1966-2003.

August 2002

Dr Amanda Petford Long awarded professorship.

Dr Alfred Cerezo awarded professorship.

Dr. John Hutchison elected as President of the Royal Microscopical Society, for two years beginning on 1st August 2002.

July 2002

Professor Adrian Sutton appointed as Research Professor at Helsinki University of Technology in association with their new Centre for Materials Science, spending October to March each year in Oxford and April to September in Helsinki for the next five years.

Professor Andrew Briggs has been appointed Director of a new EPSRC-funded Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) on Quantum Information Processing.

Dr. Peter Schumacher appointed to a University Lectureship heading the Institut fuer Giessereikunde at the University of Leoben, Austria from September 2002.

Dr. Guenther Moebus appointed to a University Lectureship in the Department of Engineering Materials at the University of Sheffield, from September 2002.

Professor George Smith elected to the Council of the Royal Society, to represent the Engineering, Technology and Materials Science sector of the Fellowship, from January 2003.

June 2002

Rachel Oliver joint first in the Institute of Materials Literature Review Prize. In addition Susie Speller and Christian Lang awarded commendations. Three out of four prizes awarded to Oxford students!

May 2002

Dr Geoff Grime appointed Reader in Physics, University of Surrey, from September 2002.

Dr Tiffany Walsh appointed Lecturer in Computational Chemistry, University of Warwick, from September 2002.

April 2002

Emeritus Professor Sir Peter Hirsch elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Materials 'for his services to the materials profession'

Professor Brian Cantor, FREng., Cookson Professor of Materials and Head of the Maths and Physical Sciences Division, awarded the Platinum Medal of the Institute of Materials.

March 2002

Emeritus Professor Sir Peter Hirsch awarded the Heyn-Denkmünze annual prize for special achievement by the German Materials Society.

February 2002

Minister for Science, Lord Sainsbury revisited Oxford University Begbroke Science Park, having opened it in June 2000, in order to meet with the leading partners in Faraday Advance (the Faraday Centre for Advanced Automotive and Aerospace Materials).

January 2002

Professor Richard Brook awarded a knighthood in the New Year's Honours List and Dr. Jonathan Spencer (D.Phil. 1974) now Director General of Business Competitiveness at the D.T.I. was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).

December 2001

Department awarded top 5* rating in Research Assessment Exercise and placed firmly as the 'number one' materials department in the whole of the UK.

Professor Brian Cantor, former Head of Department, appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of York from 1st October 2002.

Alumnus Professor Linn Hobbs (1966-1972) awarded OBE.

Visiting Professor John Pethica awarded Holweck Medal & Prize for 2002 for contributions to the field of nanometre and atomic scale mechanics by the Societe Francaise de Physique and the Institute of Physics.

Graham Dixon-Brown and Betty Wren both retired after long service to the department.

October 2001

Professor John Wood, Chief Executive of the Council for the Central Laboratories of the Research Councils, appointed as Visiting Professor.

Department workshop refurbishments completed.

Hume-Rothery memorial lecture on Interatomic Forces in Materials given by Professor Michael Finnis of Queen's University, Belfast.

August 2001

Professor John Pethica appointed by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as one of ten new Principal Investigator posts to raise the profile of scientific research in Ireland. The post is based at Trinity College Dublin.

July 2001

£ 3.4M DTi award for technology for the future to research the use of nanotechnology in producing the next generation of computer technology, lead by Professor Andrew Briggs

Dr Marta Martin-Fernandez has been awarded a Beca Postdoctoral del Ministerio de Educacion Cultura y Deportes y Fulbright (Postdoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministery of Education, Culture and Sports and Fulbright foundation) for two years from 1 July 2001.

Dr Christiane Norenberg has been awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship for four years from 1 October 2001.

Dr Paul J Warren awarded Junior Scientist Award at the International Symposium on Metastable, Mechanically Alloyed and Nanocrystalline Materials.

May 2001

Professor John Hunt and Professor Brian Eyre both elected as Fellows of the Royal Society

Professor John Hunt awarded the Royal Society Armourers and Brasiers Award for excellence in materials science and technology. (The premier UK award for materials).

Professor John Pethica FRS awarded the Royal Society's Hughes Medal, in recognition of his contributions to the field of nanometre and atomic scale mechanics which have had a major influence on those industries concerned with thin film and coating technologies. The Hughes Medal is awarded in recognition of an original discovery in the physical sciences.

April 2001

Leverhulme Trustees announce that Professor Richard Brook OBE ScD, currently Professor of Materials Science at the University of Oxford and Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research since 1994 is to succeed Professor Barry Supple as Director of the Leverhulme Trust.

Dr John Martin, Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Fellow of St. Catherine's College, awarded the Platinum Medal of the Institute of Materials, in recognition of an outstanding career in metallurgy that includes some 250 publications and four books.

Dr Richard Todd, University Lecturer in Materials and Fellow of St. Catherine's College, has received the Institute of Materials Pfeil Award for his published work in the field of ceramics.

Administrator Mr Richard Briant departed to join the Said Business School. Dr Chris Grovenor appointed acting adminstrator until Dr. Rosetta M. Plummer starts on 1st August 2001.

Administrators secretary Mrs Audrey Hemmings retired, being replaced by Mrs Alison Jewitt.

Feb 2001

Alfred Cerezo awarded 2001 Beilby Medal and Prize, awarded jointly by the Institute of Materials, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of the Chemical Industry, for his development and application of instrumentation for the atomic-scale chemical analysis of solids.

Professor Emeritus Sir Peter Hirsch FRS elected as a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for experimentally establishing the role of dislocations in plastic flow and of electron microscopy as a tool for materials research.

Professor Emeritus Jack Christian FRS died

Oxford University Begbroke Science Park awarded North Oxfordshire Enterprise Hub by South East England Development Association(SEEDA)

Planning permission to redevelop the Manor House and extend the Hirsch Building at Begbroke

New Polymer and Biomaterials laboratories opened after refurbishments funded by the Wolfson / Royal Society laboratory refurbishment scheme

DERA (Qinetiq/DSDL) Materials Technology Centre opened at Begbroke (Welcome to Doug Imeson and Phil Holdaway and others)

Alumnus Sir John Daniels to leave his post as Vice Chancellor of The Open University in order to join UNESCO

Jan 2001

Hirsch Lecture 'Science - a round peg in a square world' by Sir Harold Kroto (Nobel Laureate)

Hume-Rothery Lecture Theatre reopens after refurbishment

New General Office and Reception Area opens in Hume Rothery Building

Ms. Michelle McClung joins the Department as Deputy Administrator in charge of Teaching

Rachel Oliver wins Public Understanding of Science poster prize at the Houses of Commons