2003 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Structural Materials Division Luncheon

March 2–6 · 2003 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · San Diego, California



John Cahn’s research interest are in the development of principles needed for materials science, with emphasis on microstructure evolution. Two partial differential equations, that grew out of his work, are widely studied and used. He is also interested in thermodynamic principles and their application to stressed solids, to anisotropic surfaces and interfaces, and to kinetics. As an outgrowth of a study of rapid solidification in the early 1980s he participated in the discovery of icosahedral quasiperiodic crystals. He has published about 250 papers.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (formerly NBS) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he has been for 26 years. He received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1949 from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry in 1953 from the University of California at Berkeley. He holds honorary doctorates from Northwestern University and Université d’Evry in France.

Prior to coming to NBS, he held positions at the University of Chicago’s Institute for the Study of Metals (now the James Franck Institute), at the GE Research Laboratory during the Hollomon era in the group founded by David Turnbull. From 1964 until 1978 he was a Professor of Metallurgy at MIT. In 1960 he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, which he spent at Cambridge University. He has been a visiting professor in Sweden, Israel, and Iran, and since 1984 an affiliate professor jointly in physics and materials engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. His many awards and honors include: the Bower Prize from the Franklin Institute, the 1998 National Medal of Science, memberships in the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Dickson Prize of Carnegie-Mellon University, the Michelson- Morley Award of Case-Western University, the Harvey Prize from the Technion in Israel, Fellow of both TMS and ASM, ASM’s Sauveur and Hume-Rothery Awards, the Acta Metallurgica gold medal, NBS’s Stratton award, and a gold medal from the US Department of Commerce, the Bakhuis-Roozeboom medal from the Dutch Academy of Science, a gold medal from the Japan Institute of Metals. and the Emil Heyn medal from the German Materials Society (DGM). He has gave the Institute of Metals Lecture (now the Mehl Lecture) of TMS in 1967, and the Von Hippel Lecture of MRS, and two McDonald lectures 30 years apart of the Canadian Metallurgical Society.

Honoring John Cahn on being named the recipient of the Franklin Institute's 2002 Bower Award and Price for Achievement in Science

Wednesday, March 5, 2003
Location: San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina Marina Ballroom D
Time: 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

Featuring a presentation by Dr. Cahn of his award lecture: “Revolutions at the Crossroads--Interdisciplinary Opportunities For Making Scientific Advances ”

John W. CahnPresented by:
John W. Cahn

About the topic:
When ideas from one field are tested in a quite different context, success enlarges the idea and leads to consilience; whereas failure leads to creation of new paradigms or even to scientific revolutions. Materials science, a recently created “interdisciplinary discipline,” is full of such idea transfers at the crossroads between its component disciplines. A range of examples are traced from their long pre-science history in ancient craft knowledge, ancient philosophy, and medieval scholarship, and finally to their disparate and often unreconciled modern roots in physics, chemistry, crystallography, mathematics, the materials disciplines of metallurgy, ceramics and polymers, and engineering.

Luncheon tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the TMS Conference Registration Desk. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.



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