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Alan Cottrell

AKA Alan Howard Cottrell

Born: 17-Jul-1919
Birthplace: Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Died: 15-Feb-2012
Cause of death: Illness

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Educator

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Metallurgist at Cambridge

Sir Alan Cottrell studied crystal plasticity, dislocation impurity interactions, and fracture and irradiation effects, and developed an overarching theory concerning the mechanical properties of materials.

Father: Albert Cottrell
Mother: Elizabeth Cottrell
Wife: Jean Elizabeth Harber (m. 1944, d. 1999, one son)

    High School: Moseley School, Birmingham, England (1935)
    University: BS, University of Birmingham (1939)
    University: PhD Metallurgy, University of Birmingham (1942)
    Teacher: Metallurgy, University of Birmingham (1942-49)
    Professor: Physical Metallurgy, University of Birmingham (1949-55)
    Professor: Metallurgy, Cambridge University (1958-65)
    Administrator: Master of Jesus College, Cambridge University (1973-86)
    Administrator: Vice Chancellor, Cambridge University (1977-79)

    Copley Medal 1996
    Rumford Medal 1974
    Knight of the British Empire 1971
    Hughes Medal 1961
    Royal Society 1955
    National Academy of Sciences Foreign Associate
    National Academy of Engineering Foreign Associate
    UK Official Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government (1971-74)
    UK Official Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government (1967-71)
    UK Official Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor to Ministry of Defence (1965-67)
    UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment (1955-58)

Author of books:
Theoretical Structural Metallurgy (1948)
Dislocations and Plastic Flows in Crystals (1953)
Superconductivity (1964)
An Introduction to Metallurgy (1967)
Environmental economics: An Introduction for Students of the Resource and Environmental Sciences (1978)
Portrait of Nature: The World as Seen by Modern Science (1975)
The Undermining of British Industry (1979)
With Energy, All Material Things Are Possible (1981)
The Mechanical Properties of Matter (1981)
How Safe is Nuclear Energy? (1982)
The Physical World and Human Experience (1984)
Introduction to the Modern Theory of Metals (1988)
Concepts in the Electron Theory of Alloys (1998)


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