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Recipient: 1997 Application to Practice Award

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society's Application to Practice Award was established in 1985 to recognize outstanding achievement in the transfer of research results or findings in the metallurgical and materials science fields into commercial production and practical use as a representative of an industrial, academic, governmental, or technical organization.
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Amit Chatterjee

Citation: "For his pioneering research, development, and commercialization effort on coal-based direct-reduction of iron."

Biography: Amit Chatterjee is senior technical advisor for the Tata Iron and Steel Company in Jamsehdpur, India. He earned his B.Sc. in metallurgical engineering in 1966 from Banaras Hindu University; his D.Sc. in engineering in 1988 from the University of London; and his Ph.D. in process metallurgy in 1970 from the University of London. Between 1977 and 1982 he served as joint director, director, and assistant director of R&D for Tata Steel. After leaving the company to serve as managing director for Ipitata Sponge Iron Ltd., he returned to Tata Steel in 1987, where he has been senior technical advisor since 1993. He has published or presented more than 375 papers and edited six books. He has received the National Metallurgist Award by the government of India as well as several other awards and has been elected fellow of three organizations.

Quote: "This award means a lot to me as it comes at a time when I have just turned 50. Getting recognition at this stage from TMS as an Indian is doubly gratifying as I understand that I am the first Indian to receive this honor from a very prestigious body. It gives me personal satisfaction that it has brought tremendous joy to my wife and daughter and particularly to my father who, as an elderly metallurgist who is almost 85 years old, was filled with joy when he heard the news. For these reasons, I am thankful to TMS for having selected me for this honor, which I hope I deserve."

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