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Posted: Thursday Mar 22, 2012

March 22, 2012

Dr. Thaddeus Bronislaw Massalski, professor emeritus of materials science, engineering and physics at Carnegie Mellon University, will give a talk at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 in the ongoing Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing Lecture Series in the Dr. Frank J. Luparello Lecture Hall in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion at Saint Vincent College. His topic is “Meteorites and Asteroids, Good and Bad.” Admission is free and open to the public.

“Meteorites and asteroids are increasingly turning up in the news media,” Dr. Massalski commented. “I became interested in them while looking for possible evidence of extraterrestrial life. I will discuss other types of materials that come out of space and what we know about them. I will also describe some asteroids and comment on our options if one is discovered that is heading for a collision with the Earth.”

A native of Warsaw, Poland, Dr. Massalski studied at Oxford University and earned a Ph.D. at Birmingham University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for the Study of Metals at the University of Chicago. He joined the Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh as a science director and the CMU faculty in 1959. In addition, he has taught at California Institute of Technology, Stanford, Harvard, UCLA, Krakow, Goettingen and Oxford.

He is the author of more than 200 publications on alloy phase transformations, thermodynamics, phase diagrams, phase stability, amorphous materials, magnetic materials and crystallography.

He is the co-author (with C.S. Barrett) of Structure of Metals which has sold more than 50,000 copies in eight languages. He is currently the editor or co-editor of Progress in Materials Science and Metallurgical Transactions and the author of numerous book chapters, symposia and workshops.

He is the recipient of several national and international awards in the United States, Poland, Germany and England. He has been awarded four gold medals including one from the American Society for Metals for the universality of the implementation of his scientific work in heavy industry and the Acta Metallurgica Gold Medal for his research contribution to the international science, now called Massalski’s Massive Transformation. He has presented numerous lectures and scientific papers around the world.

For further information, contact the Boyer School office at 724 805-2631.


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