The MPIF has reported the death of Stanley (Stan) Abkowitz recently at the age of 90. Known as the ‘Father of Titanium,’ he invented the most commercially successful titanium alloy, Ti-6Al-4V, at a US Army laboratory in 1951. Ti-6Al-4V is still the most widely used titanium alloy today, and the large-scale production of this alloy, used for the U2 high-altitude reconnaissance plane in the 1950s, jump-started the titanium industry. In 1972, Abkowitz founded Dynamet Technology (now Arconic Titanium & Engineered Products) to focus on titanium PM development. A graduate of MIT in Chemical Engineering, he was a pioneer in the development of titanium metals and alloys and held 24 U.S. and international patents. Abkowitz provided research that helped conquer strength, corrosion, and weight issues in the aerospace, biomechanical, and energy industries, among others. This research included advanced materials for energy, defense, medical, and aerospace applications such as missile and aircraft components, as well as composite materials for medical implants.

Abkowitz was a recipient of numerous US Army, Department of Commerce, powder metallurgy, and titanium industry awards. A Fellow of ASM International, he received ASM’s 1993 William Hunt Eisenman Award ‘for extraordinary achievements in the titanium powder metallurgy field and for demonstrating a unique blend of engineering talent and entrepreneurial ability that has resulted in significant benefits to the aerospace industry.’ He received the Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) in 1999.

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