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Gold Medal and Materials & Society Award winners



Gold Medal

The Acta Materialia Gold Medal is awarded annually by the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. with financial support from Elsevier, Ltd.   Nominees are solicited each year from the Cooperating Societies and Sponsoring Societies of Acta Materialia, Inc.,  based on demonstrated ability and leadership in materials research.   The candidates are placed on a ballot for the selection committee (a panel of three judges who serve for three-year terms).  A preferential ballot is then conducted among the three judges, and the candidate with the most points is the winner.  The Award consists of the gold medal, an inscribed certificate, and a check for a sum of money that constitutes the Board's contribution to the award winner.

Qualifications for the Gold Medal Award:

(1) Candidates may be proposed by Sponsoring or Cooperating Societies of Acta Materialia, Inc. and by the Editors of Acta and Scripta Materialia. Each may propose one candidate each year, from any country. They should provide adequate documentation to support the nomination, such as:

(a) a brief personal history or biographical sketch

(b) reasons supporting the nomination, e.g., major impacts of the nominee's work

(c) list of publications

Nominations remain in effect for four years unless withdrawn or re-endorsed.

(2) The criteria for nomination and selection are demonstrated ability and leadership in materials research. "Materials research" is interpreted primarily as those areas in research whose results would be suitable for publication in Acta or Scripta Materialia, although they need not actually have been published there. The principal focus is to honor a "great scientist", and the medal is not a "best paper published this year" type award. However, it is hoped that the award often will enhance the recognition of relatively recent and currently important work. To that end, the judges are asked to give special consideration to the qualifications of younger candidates every third year.

(3) Five judges are selected by the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. and are themselves distinguished practitioners in materials research. Their term of office is normally three years, on a staggered schedule.

(4) The Gold Medal is awarded each year, unless the judges feel no candidate is qualified. The presentation is made at a meeting selected by the nominating society or, if otherwise nominated, at a major technical meeting in the awardee's country.

(5) Nominations should be submitted by 31 December of each year to Prof. Thaddeus B. Massalski, Executive Secretary of Acta Materialia, Inc., Carnegie Mellon University, Doherty Hall A308, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890, USA. 


Materials & Society Award (formerly the Hollomon Award)

The recipient of the Materials & Society Award is selected annually by an international selection committee.  The Award recognizes outstanding contributions to understanding the relations between materials technology and society, and/or contributions to materials technology that have had major impact on society.  It was established in memory of Dr. Hollomon, the principal initiator of the journal then called Acta Metallurgica, and consists of a Steuben glass sculpture on a suitably inscribed base, a certificate, and a cash honorarium.

Qualifications for the Hollomon Award:

(1) Candidates may be proposed by the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. and by its Sponsoring and Cooperating Societies. Each may nominate one candidate each year, and should provide adequate documentation to support the nomination. In addition, the Sponsoring Societies' annual Materials and Society Lecturer will be an automatic nominee. Nominations will remain in effect for four years unless withdrawn or re-endorsed.

(2) The criteria for nomination and selection are either outstanding career contributions to understanding of the relations between materials technology and societal interests OR contributions to materials technology that have had major impact on society. The award will not necessarily be made in alternate years on the "understanding" and "impact" criterion and the judges may recognize a combination of qualifications in both areas.

(3) Five judges will be selected by the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. Their term of office will normally be three years, on a suitable staggered basis.

(4) The award will be made each year unless the judges feel no candidate is qualified. Presentation will be made at a meeting of the nominating society or, if otherwise nominated, at a meeting of a Sponsoring or Cooperating Society of the winner's nation or region.

Award nominations may be made by 31 December each year (through the Cooperating and/or Sponsoring Societies) and should be sent to:


Prof. Thaddeus B. Massalski
Executive Secretary
Carnegie Mellon University
Doherty Hall A308
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 U.S.A.


Call for Nominations for Materials & Society Award


The Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. welcomes nominations of suitable candidates for the Materials & Society Award (formerly the Hollomon Award) which continues to be a most prestigious award in the area of Materials and Society. In the past, nominations have been provided by representatives of the 26 Cooperating Societies associated with Acta Materialia, Inc. and by the Acta Board members. The winner is selected by a distinguished panel of international judges.

The purpose of this announcement is to increase the selection pool by broadening the nomination process to the entire readership of the ACTA journals. The candidates are expected to have made substantial contributions to the area of Materials and Society through their research, public functions or other national or international activities. The Award is presented annually at an international Materials Society meeting selected by the Award winner.

Gold Medal:

Materials & Society Award (formerly the J. Herbert Hollomon Award):



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