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Published as Subject

Gareth Thomas

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Dates

August 9, 1932 – February 6, 2014

Authorized Form of Name

Thomas, Gareth, 1932-2014

Additional Forms of Names

Thomas, G. (Gareth), 1932-2014

Biography

Abstract

Gareth Thomas was Professor of Metallurgy at University of California, Berkeley (1966-2006). Other institutional affiliations include the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Cambridge University. His research interests included microstructural design of advanced materials, metallurgy (steels), ceramics (for high temperatures), magnetic materials (hard, soft, recording), and advanced electron microscopy and applications in MSE.

Important Dates

August 9, 1932Birth, Maesteg (Wales).

1952Obtained BSc, University of Wales, Cardiff (Wales).

1955Obtained PhD in Metallurgy, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1956 – 1959Imperial Chemical Industries Fellow in Metallurgy, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1959Visiting Scientist, Alcoa Research Laboratories, Alcoa, Inc.

1960 – 2014Assistant Professor to Associate Professor (1960-1966); Professor of Metallurgy (1966-2006); Associate Dean, Graduate Studies (1968-1969); Assistant to the Chancellor (1969-1972); Acting Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs (1971-1972); Chair, Faculty of the College of Engineering (1977-1978); and Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (2006-2014), University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1971 – 1972Guggenheim Fellow, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1972 – 1973Visiting Professor, University of Chile.

1975President, Electron Microscopy Society of America.

1981 – 1993Science Director, National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley (Calif.).

1983Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1984Member, National Academy of Engineers.

1986 – 1995Secretary General (1986-1990); President (1986-1990); and Vice President (1991-1995), International Federation of Societies for Electron Microscopy.

1995 – 1998Editor-in-Chief, Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia.

February 6, 2014Death, Oegstgeest (Netherlands).

Occupation

Metallurgist.

Places

Birth

Maesteg (Wales)

Undergraduate Education

Cardiff (Wales)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (England)

Employment

Berkeley (Calif.)

Death

Oegstgeest (Netherlands)

Subjects

Electron microscopy.

Magnetic materials.

Materials science.

Metallurgy.

Relationships

People

Colleagues

Acrivos, A.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Alivisatos, P.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Appelbaum, J. A. (Joel A.)

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Bardeen, James Maxwell, 1939-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Barish, B. C. (Barry Clark), 1936-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Baym, Gordon

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Bialek, William S.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Birge, Raymond T. (Raymond Thayer), 1887-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Birgeneau, Robert J. (Robert Joseph), 1942-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Bradbury, Norris, 1909-1997

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Brode, Robert B. (Robert Bigham), 1900-1986

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Chamberlain, O. (Owen)

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Chemla, D. S.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Chew, Geoffrey F.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Chu, Steven

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Clarke, John, 1942-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Clauser, John F. (John Francis), 1942-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Cohen, Marvin L.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Commins, Eugene D.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Davidson, Ronald C.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Davis, J. C. Séamus

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Dynes, Robert C.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Emery, V. J. (Victor J.)

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Falcone, Roger W.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Falicov, L. M. (Leopoldo Maximo), 1933-1995

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Fetter, Alexander L., 1937-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Freedman, Daniel Z.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Gaillard, Mary K.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Glaser, D. A.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Glashow, Sheldon L.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Goldhaber, Gerson

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Hahn, E. L. (Erwin Louis), 1921-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Haxton, Wick C.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Heeger, Alan J.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Hellman, Frances

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Helmholz, August Carl, 1915-2003

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Holdren, John P.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Hopfield, John J.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Jacak, Barbara

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Jackson, John David, 1925-2016

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Jeffries, C. D., 1922-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Kahn, Steven Michael

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Kittel, Charles

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Lange, Andrew

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Langenberg, D. N., 1932-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Loeb, Leonard B. (Leonard Benedict), 1891-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Louie, Steven G., 1949-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Mandelstam, Stanley

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

McKee, Christopher, 1942-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

McMillan, Edwin M. (Edwin Mattison), 1907-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Price, Paul Buford

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Randall, Lisa

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Reynolds, John Hamilton, 1923-2000

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Richards, Paul L. (Paul Linford)

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Ruderman, Malvin A.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Seaborg, Glenn T. (Glenn Theodore), 1912-1999

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Segrè, Emilio

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Shank, C. V. (Charles V.)

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Shapiro, Marjorie

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Shen, Y. R.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Steiner, Herbert M.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Stubbs, Christopher

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Teller, Edward, 1908-2003

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Tinkham, Michael

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Townes, Charles H.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Trilling, George H.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Watson, Kenneth M.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Weinberg, Steven, 1933-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Institutions

Major Positions

Alcoa Laboratories

Visiting Scientist.

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Science Director, National Center for Electron Microscopy.

Universidad de Chile

Visiting Professor.

University of California, Berkeley

Associate Dean, Graduate Studies; Assistant to the Chancellor; Acting Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs; and Chair, Faculty of the College of Engineering.

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor to Associate Professor; Professor of Metallurgy; and Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Electron Microscopy Society of America

President.

Elsevier Science Publishers

Editor-in-Chief, Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia.

International Federation of Societies for Electron Microscopy

Secretary General; President; and Vice President.

National Academy of Engineering

Member.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

University of Cambridge. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD in Metallurgy (1955). Imperial Chemical Industries Fellow in Metallurgy and Guggenheim Fellow.

University of Wales

Obtained BSc (1952).

Resources

Published Resources

Subject

Gareth Thomas home page.