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The Hatfield Memorial Lecture

Under a Deed dated 22 August 1944, the University of Sheffield agreed to be the Trustees of the fund which was set up for the purpose of establishing the above lecture "as a memorial to the late Dr Williams Herbert Hatfield FRS and as a mark of appreciation of his distinguished work in connection with research into the qualities and uses of metals and allied branches of science". The lecturer is appointed by the University Council on the recommendation of a Lecture Committee consisting of representatives of the University and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and of a number of other local and national organisations who sponsor the lecture.

The lectures are held annually at the University of Sheffield, usually in the first or second weeks of December.

Dr William Hatfield, FRS

William H Hatfield (1882-1943) studied metallurgy at University College, Sheffield, under Professor John Arnold, who held the Chair of Metallurgy from 1889 until 1919. In 1902 Hatfield won the Mappin Medal and in 1913 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Metallurgy.

Author of numerous technical papers on many branches of metallurgy, in particular rust, acid and heat-resistant steels and cast iron, Hatfield was appointed Director of the Firth-Brown Research Laboratories in 1916, and later joined the Board of Messrs Thomas Firth and John Brown Limited.

2013 Lecture

62nd Hatfield Memorial Lecture

The 62nd Hatfield Memorial lecture will be:

Learning from the past? - Fatigue Failures in Engineered Systems

Given by Professor David Matlock of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.

The lecture will take place at 6.45pm on Tuesday the 2nd December 2014 in the Octagon Centre, Sheffield, and will be followed by a free buffet.

Further details about the lecture, and the link to obtain the free ticket, will be announced on this website in the summer.


 

Past Lecturers

60. Professor Philip Withers, FREng, FIMMM, FRAeS
How things fail? - An inside View
2012
59. Professor George Smith, FRS
How Safe is that Nuclear Reactor?
Video of Lecture, Pdf of Lecture
2011
58. Professor Peter Brown FIMMM
Steel – the winning edge
2010
57. Professor Anthony J Ryan OBE, FRSC, FIMMM
The Materials Requirements for the Origin of Life
Video of Lecture, Pdf of Lecture
2009
56. Stephen J Garwood
Materials Engineering for the Next Nuclear Generation
Powerpoint show of Lecture
2008
55. Professor Rod Smith, FREng
Railways and Materials: Synergetic Progress
Powerpoint show of Lecture, Paper
2007
54. Professor John Knott, OBE, FRS, FREng, FIMMM
Quantifying the Quality of Steel
Video of Lecture, Slides
2006
53. Professor John Wood FREng, FIMMM
Big Science and Materials Opportunities, Breakthroughs and the Future
Video of Lecture, slides, slide-movie1, slide-movie2, Materials World Report
2005
52. Professor H K D H Bhadeshia FRS, FREng, FIMMM
Large Chunks of Strong Steel
Slides, Short Paper, Full Paper
2004
51. Professor Jane A Plant CBE, FIMMM
New Materials from Trace Additions: economic resources and environmental consequences
Slides
2003
50. Professor C M Sellars BMet, PhD, DMet, HonCMechD, FREng, FIMMM
Metallurgical Modelling of Thermomechanical Processing
Paper, Slides
2002
49. Dr M J Pettifor, FIMMM
Technology - Driving Steel Forward
Paper
2001
48. Professor Colin J Humphreys CBE, BSc, PhD, FREng, FIMMM, FInstP
From Hatfield to High-Technology: Designing Materials for the Twenty-First Century
2000
47. Professor R Boom FIMMM
Iron, the hidden element - The Role of Iron and Steel in the 20th Century
Paper, Slides
1999
46. Mr P C Ruffles CBE, FREng, FRS, FlMechE, FRAeS, RDI
Power and the Environment
Slides
1998
45. Dr R E Dolby OBE, FREng, FIMMM, FWeldI
Steel Competitveness : joining matters
1997
44. Professor W Bonfield CBE, FREng, FRS, FIMMM, FBSE, FInstP
From Concept to Patient - Tailor-Making Biomaterials for Medical Implants
1996
43. Dr J W Edington FREng, FIMMM
The New World of Steel
1995
42. Emeritus Professor G W Greenwood PhD, DMet, FREng, FRS, FIMMM, FInstP
What's Missing in Materials?
(Audio-MP4)
1994
41. J J Irani, MSc, MMet, PhD, DMet
Technology Management in the Steel Industry - Current Challenges
Paper
1993
40. Professor M F Ashby, MA, PhD, FRS, FREng, FIMMM
Materials Selection in Mechanical Design
1992
39. Professor Dr H Warlimont
Challenges for Metallurgical Research Imposed by Increasingly Complex Technologies
1991
38. Dr F Fitzgerald, CBE, PhD, DEng, FIChemE, FInstE
Steel - Technical Achievements and Challenges
1990
37. Professor M C Flemings, SB, SM, ScD, FIAME
Net Shape Solidification Processing of Steel, 1945-1995
1989
36 Emeritus Professor J Nutting, MA, PhD, ScD, FIM, FREng
Clean Steel - Dirty Steel: Sulphur - Friend or Foe
1988
35. Sir Robert Scholey, CBE, DEng, FREng
European Steel: What Future?
(Audio-MP4)
1987
34. Dr ED Hondros, MSc, DSc, CEng, FIM, FRS
Thermo~Capillary and Other "Tears of Wine" Phenomena in Materials
1986
33. Emeritus Professor Sir Peter Hirsch, MA, DSc, ScD, DEng, FRS
Nuclear Power: Perspective and Prospects
1985
32. Vicomte E Davignon
The Steel Strategy of the Community
1984
31. Professor R Kiessling
Stainless Steels - Materials in Competition
1983
30. Sir Robin Nicholson, MA, PhD, DSc, DMet, DEng, FIM, MInstP, Clmgt, FIChemE, FREng, FRS
The Development of Nickel Alloys for the Gas Turbine
1980
29. Emeritus Professor Sir Robert Honeycombe, MSc, PhD, FIM, DMet, FREng, FRS
Ferrite
1979
28. M L Coche
From Invention to Industrial Development
1978
27. R Weck, CBE, FWeldI
Welding and the Steel Industry
1977
26. R W Nichols, FREng
Steels in Nuclear Power - Problems and Promise
1975
25. Sir Alan Cottrell, PhD, ScD, DSc, FIC, FREng, FRS
Materials and Malthus
Paper
1974
24. R S Barnes, MSc, DSc, FInstP, FIM, FRSA, FKC
Euro-Steel Research
1973
23. Professor E Plockinger
Electroslag Remelting - A Modern Tool in Metallurgy
1972
22. W F Cartwright, CBE, DL, MIMechE
Small Steelworks
1971
21. Sir James Menter, MA, PhD, ScD, CPhys, FInstP, FRS
The Heterogeneity of Steel
1970
20. L S Darken, PhD
Metallic Chemistry in 1, 2 and 3 Dimensions
1969
19. Sir Montague Finniston
Twenty-Five Years On
1968
18. Professor H Morrogh, CBE, DSc, FREng, FRS
The Metallurgy of Cast Iron
1967
17. Professor W Hume-Rothery
The Intermetallic Chemistry of Iron
1965
16. Professor F D Richardson
Basic Knowledge: Discovery and Invention in the Birth of New Metallurgical Processes
1964
15. Professor A G Quarrell, PhD, DSc, DMet, ARCS, DIC, FInstP, FIM
Metallography - a Hundred Years After Sorby
1963
14. M Cohen, PhD
On the Development of High Strength in Steel
1962
13. Professor L Rotherham, CBE, DSc, FlEE, SFlnstE, FIM, FInstP, FREng, FRS
The Contribution of Metallurgy to Electric Power Generation
1960
12. Academician G Kurdjomov
Phenomena Occurring in the Quenching and Tempering of Steels
1959
11. N P Allen, MMet, DSc, FIM, FRS
The Mechanical Properties of the Ferrite Crystal
1958
10. P G Bastien, DSc
The Mechanism of Formation of Banded Structures
1957
9. Sir Nevill Mott, MA, DSc, FRS
Fracture in Metals
1956
8. E C Bain
Trends in Metallurgical Research in the United States
1955
7. T P Colclough, CBE, MMet, DSc, FRIC
Development in the Iron and Steel Industry in Great Britain During the Last Twenty-Five Years
1954
6. Professor E N da C Andrade, FRS
The Flow of Metals
1952
5. Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, DSc, ScD, DTech, FREng, FRS
Turbine Problem in the Development of the Whittle Engine
1951
4. Sir A McCance, DSc, LLD, FRS
The Plastic Behaviour of Solids
1949
3. R F Mehl, PhD, DSc, DEng
The Decomposition of Austenite by Nucleation and Growth Processes
1948
2. C Sykes, DSc, FRS
Steels for Use at Elevated Temperatures
1947
1. G B Waterhouse, PhD, DMet
The Services to Metallurgy of the Late Dr W H Hatfield, FRS
1946

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