Anthony W Thornton, a director and consultant at powder characterization company Micromeritics Instrument, has been awarded the 2021 ASTM William T Cavanaugh Memorial Award.

The award is named after WT Cavanaugh, CEO of ASTM International from 1970 to 1985, who established the organization as the world leader in developing and disseminating voluntary standards.

Thornton was recognized for his promotion of standard test methods for powder characterization and for his leadership in international standards development organizations.

‘Tony’s involvement in the international standards community has resulted in a spirit of cooperation throughout the industry,’ said Katharine Morgan, ASTM International president. ’Over the course of his more than 40 years in the industry, Tony has been instrumental in the development, promotion, and use of international voluntary consensus standards.’

Thornton began his career at Micromeritics as stockroom clerk, progressing to laboratory manager, training manager, senior product scientist, and director of product integrity and performance. He served on ASTM International’s committee of standards from 2008 to 2011 and the board of directors from 2011 to 2013. In addition to ASTM, Thornton is also a member of the American Chemical Society, American Ceramics Society, and International Standardization Organization.

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