Acta Materialia and Hume-Rothery Awards Subcommittee
To recommend to The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society's (TMS's) Honors & Awards Committee:
- the TMS nominee for the Acta Materialia Gold Medal
- a nominee for the William Hume-Rothery Award, according to the rules
established for these awards.
The selection process may be done by mail ballot. The results of committee
deliberations shall be held in confidence and the names of the nominees and
justification for their selection shall be presented by the chairman of this
subcommittee to the TMS Honors & Awards Committee at the Annual Meeting.
The subcommittee shall consist of a chair and five members. Two members will
be recommended by the Alloy Phases Committee for appointment by the TMS Vice
President, who will make all appointments to this committee. Except in special
circumstances, the chair shall have already served on the subcommittee for two
years. No more than two members of this subcommittee shall be former
recipients of each award. Each member shall be personally engaged in
metallurgical research and have an established reputation as a contributor to
his/her fields of interest. The constitution of this subcommittee shall
appropriately reflect that of TMS so that the interests of academia, industry,
government and varying degrees of professional experience shall be reflected.
Financial arrangements and the operation budget of the committee shall be
subject to approval by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. In
the event of either dissolution or merger of TMS, the funds earmarked or
pledged for the William Hume-Rothery Award shall revert to a special account of
TMS to be held until such time that suitable arrangements for the presentation
of a similar award can be negotiated.
Term of Office
Chairperson: 1 year
Members: 3 years
The subcommittee shall meet at such times as necessary to conduct its business
in a timely and efficient manner.
ACTA MATERIALIA GOLD MEDAL
- A candidate for the TMS nomination for the Acta Materialia Gold Medal
shall be chosen annually for his or her demonstrated ability and leadership in
materials research. Publication of work in Acta Materialia or Scripta
Materialia is not required, nor need the nominee be a resident or citizen of
the nominating Society's country.
- TMS may propose one candidate each year. A nomination will remain in effect
for four years unless withdrawn by the Society, but additional nominations may
be made annually.
- The committee shall draft a nominating letter and a resume for TMS to
submit to the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. The nomination
letter and resume shall provide adequate documentation to support the
candidate. No prescribed form is required for this documentation, but it is
suggested that it include:
- A brief personal history or biographical sketch
- Reasons supporting the nomination, e.g. major consequences and impact of
- List of publications
WILLIAM HUME-ROTHERY AWARD CRITERIA
- Three judges shall be selected by the Board of Governors of Acta
Metallurgica, Inc. and shall themselves be distinguished practitioners in
materials research. Their term of office will normally be three years, on a
suitably staggered basis.
- The Gold Medal shall be awarded each year, unless the judges feel no
candidate is qualified. The presentation shall be made at a meeting selected
by the nominating Society.
- The deadline for nominations to the TMS Acta Metallurgica Award Subcommittee
shall be December 31 of each year. Following review and approval of the TMS
Board of Directors at its June meeting each year, the TMS nominee shall be
submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer of Acta Metallurgica, Inc. The Acta
Metallurgica, Inc., Gold Medal Award Committee will report its awardee
selection to their Board of Governors at their Materials Week meeting and the
award will be presented the following year at a meeting selected by the
nominating Society. The year designation of the award shall be the year of its
The William Hume-Rothery Award shall be presented annually to recognize a
scientific leader for exceptional scholarly contributions to the science of
alloys by inviting him/her to be an honored presenter at the William
Hume-Rothery Memorial Symposium. The awardee participates with the Alloy Phase
Committee in organizing this symposium held in conjunction with the TMS Annual
Meeting approximately two years following selection. This award honors the
memory of the great pioneer in alloy phases, William Hume-Rothery and it
consists of an engraved plaque presented at the Annual Meeting.