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66th Hatfield Memorial lecture

We are delighted to announce that Dr Jeffrey Wadsworth, Former President and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute will deliver the 66th Hatfield Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 6.45pm.

Held at the Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield, the lecture will be entitled “Connections and Pathways evolving from a Metallurgical Education at Sheffield University”.

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What is the Hatfield Memorial lecture?

On 22nd August 1944, the University of Sheffield agreed to be the Trustees of a fund to establish a lecture series "as a memorial to the late Dr William Herbert Hatfield FRS and as a mark of appreciation of his distinguished work in connection with research into the qualities and uses of metals and allied branches of science".

The lecturer is appointed by the University Council on the recommendation of a Lecture Committee consisting of representatives of the University, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and of a number of other local and national organisations who sponsor the lecture.

The lectures are held annually at the University of Sheffield, usually in the first or second weeks of December.

HatfieldDr William Hatfield, FRS

William H Hatfield (1882-1943) studied metallurgy at University College, Sheffield, under Professor John Arnold, who held the Chair of Metallurgy from 1889 until 1919. In 1902 Hatfield won the Mappin Medal and in 1913 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Metallurgy.

Author of numerous technical papers on many branches of metallurgy, in particular rust, cast iron and acid and heat-resistant steels, Hatfield succeeded Harry Brearley Director of the Firth-Brown Research Laboratories in 1916, where he developed several stainless steel compositions, including 18/8 stainless steel, and later joined the Board of Messrs Thomas Firth and John Brown Limited, and was a member of many scientific societies, including being elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1935.

The Octagon Centre


The Hatfield Memorial lectures, Volume 1 edited by P. R. Beeley