Granta’s very own Professor Michael Ashby is one of just six scientists to receive one of the 2017 International Congress on Fracture‘s highest honors, an Alan H. Cottrell Gold Medal.

Professor Michael Ashby, Cambridge University, UK

Named after a pioneer in the field of micro-mechanisms of fracture, the award is presented to senior researchers who have similarly made pioneering contributions to the understanding of fracture. Previous recipients of this prestigious medal are Professor Robert O. Ritchie (2009), John F. Knott (2013), and Subra Suresh (2013).

Professor Ashby is this year’s recipient in recognition of his seminal contribution in the area of systematic materials selection, and to the understanding of deformation in metals and its relationship to fracture mechanisms. An Emeritus Professor in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University in the UK, Professor Ashby’s books on material selection are used in universities and organizations throughout the world.

In addition to being the past ICF Honour Lecturer, and an Honorary Fellow of ICF, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 1997, Professor Ashby received a CBE. And we are proud to say that he is one of the co-founders of Granta Design.

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