Nominations Now Open for 2020 Robert Cahn Award

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The Journal of Nuclear Materials and the committee of NuMat 2020, the Nuclear Materials Conference, are requesting written nominations from our scientific community for the 2020 Robert Cahn Award.

The purpose of the award is to recognise an outstanding scientist who has:

  • a high scientific profile in the field of nuclear materials
  • the ability to communicate science to a broad audience
  • demonstrated interest in breaking down barriers between different scientific disciplines

The winner of the 2020 award will be invited to give a keynote lecture at the next NuMat Conference in Ghent (Belgium) in October 2020.

The nomination should contain the name of your nominee, their CV, and a summary of his/her scientific merit and research impact. The award is open to anyone in the field, although unfortunately self-nominations cannot be accepted.

For any enquiries, please contact Joe d’Angelo: j.dangelo@elsevier.com

The deadline for nominations is 15th November 2019 at midnight BST, and notification of the award winner will appear on the websites of both the journal Journal of Nuclear Materials, and the conference, NuMat 2020. The award will be presented at the NuMat 2020 Conference in Ghent, Belgium.

Deadline for nominations: 15th November 2019 at midnight BST

Previous recipients of the award:

·         Professor Steven Zinkle, University of Texas/Oak Ridge National Lab, USA (NuMat 2010, Karlsruhe, Germany)

·         Professor Sydney Yip, MIT, USA (NuMat 2012, Osaka, Japan)

·         Dr Claudio Ronchi, JCR-ITU, Germany (NuMat 2014, Clearwater, USA)

·         Professor Srikumar Banerjee, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India (NuMat 2016, Montpellier, France)

·         Professor Rodney Ewing, Stanford University, USA (NuMat 2018, Seattle, USA)

Robert Cahn

Robert Cahn was a formidable scientist and credited by many as being a physicist who by his writings, teachings, and experiments in metallurgy, effectively created the field of materials science. An outstanding editor, he helped found the Journal of Nuclear Materials and three other journals. He set up and edited three series of books and three technical encyclopedias on materials science, and his energetic promotion of the subject was instrumental in defining it. He was also a prolific author. He wrote more than 200 scientific papers and wrote or edited some 25 books. He also wrote about 130 short articles, mainly for Nature magazine, about materials science for scientists with primary expertise in other branches of science. Even long into retirement, Robert was always willing and happy to give us the benefit of his great experience and wisdom whenever we had an idea that we wanted to explore. He travelled extensively, lectured frequently in many places, and often in several languages. He believed passionately that science needs to be communicated in a way that is clear and engaging for people from all backgrounds and cultures; and he felt strongly that Science itself should not be broken down into ghettos of knowledge. 

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