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Acta Materialia Gold Medal

The Acta Materialia Gold Medal recognizes demonstrated leadership in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. It rewards either

  • materials research that has had a significant and lasting impact on the development of the discipline, or
  • recent work of great originality.

With this distinction Acta Materialia, Inc. not only intends to honor outstanding contributions to the field but also to improve the awareness of the fundamental importance and diversity of materials research, both within the community and the public at large.

The Acta Materialia Gold Medal Award consists of a gold medal, an inscribed certificate, and a cash prize of US$ 10,000.

Candidates for this award may be proposed by Sponsoring or Cooperating Societies of Acta Materialia, Inc., by Members of the Board of Governors, and by the Editors of Acta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, and Scripta Materialia Journals.

The nomination package should contain

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement by the nominator specifying the candidate’s suitability for the award
  • Letters of support from up to three distinguished scientists in the field
  • Citation of not more than 30 words

Nominations remain in effect for three years unless withdrawn or re-endorsed, with additional justification, for an additional two-year period. Current members of the Acta Materialia Board of Governors and of the Award Selection Committee are not eligible.

The Award Selection Committee is formed of five judges, themselves distinguished materials scientists.

The Acta Materialia Gold Medal is awarded each year, unless the judges feel no candidate is qualified. The presentation is made at a venue approved by the Acta Materialia Executive Committee. The Award will not be bestowed in absentia except in extraordinary circumstances.

Nominations should be submitted to the Executive Secretary (Prof. Carolyn Hansson, chansson@uwaterloo.ca), preferably as a single file document in PDF or Word format by 31 December of each year.

Acta Materialia Gold Medal Award Recipients

2018

Subhash Mahajan

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2017

John Jonas

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2016

Sungho Jin

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2015

David Embury

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2014

Robert O. Ritchie

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2013

Andre Pineau

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2012

Terrence Langdon

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2011

Jay Narayan

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2010

Akihisa Inoue

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2009

Austin Chang

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2008

Karl Gschneidner

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2007

Herbert Gleiter

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2006

Subra Suresh

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2005

George D.W. Smith

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2004

Raymond Smallman

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2003

Gareth Thomas

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2002

Robert Cahn

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2001

Chain T. Liu

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2000

Anthony Kelly

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1999

Jean Philibert

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1998

Tsuyoshi Masumoto

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1997

Peter Hirsch

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1996

Vaclav Vitek

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1995

Thaddeus Massalski

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1994

Peter Haasen

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1993

William Nix

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1992

Jerome Cohen

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1991

Jun Kondo

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1990

James C.M. Li

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1989

John Hirth

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1987

Robert Balluffi

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1986

Michael Ashby

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1985

Egon Orowan

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1984

Jack Christian

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1983

Jacques Friedel

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1982

Charles Barrett

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1981

Morris Cohen

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1980

Hans Weertman

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1979

David Turnbull

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1978

Mats Hillert

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1977

John Cahn

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1976

Alan Cottrell

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1975

W.G. Burgers

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1974

Bruce Chalmers

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Note: In 1989 the nomenclature of the award was changed so that each year’s award is identified with the year of its presentation. Prior to this, the award was identified by the year in which the selection was made. As a result, there is no award identified with 1988.