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Peter B. Hirsch

AKA Peter Bernhard Hirsch

Born: 16-Jan-1925
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Electron microscopy in metallurgy

British metallurgist Peter Hirsch studied under Lawrence Bragg, and is known for his studies on crystal defects, and showing the role of dislocations in plastic flow. He was among the first materials scientists to use transmission electron microscopy in metals research, and greatly advanced the theories needed to interpret these images. He has also conducted respected investigations into the structure of coal, and brittle-transition of steels.

    High School: Sloane School, Chelsea, England
    University: BS Metallurgy, Cambridge University (1946)
    University: PhD Metallurgy, Cambridge University (1949)
    Teacher: Metallurgy, Cambridge University (1946-66)
    Professor: Metallurgy, Cambridge University (1966-92)

    Hughes Medal 1973
    Royal Medal 1977
    Wolf Prize in Physics 1983
    Knight of the British Empire 1975
    Royal Society 1963
    National Academy of Engineering Foreign Associate
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences Foreign Member

Author of books:
Electron Microscopy of Thin Crystals (1965)
Topics in Electron Diffraction and Microscopy of Materials (1999)
Methods for the Assessment of Structural Integrity of Components and Structures (2003, with David P. G. Lidbury)

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