Global Award

Introducing the award

The Acta Materialia Gold Medal has been awarded annually since 1973 by Acta Materialia, Inc., with partial support from Elsevier, Ltd.

The award recognizes undisputed world leaders who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in biomaterials, including basic science and translation to practice.

Nominees are solicited each year from the Cooperating Societies and Sponsoring Societies of Acta Materialia, Inc.

A gold medal (worth USD $5,000), an inscribed certificate and a cash honorarium are awarded to the winner. The Acta Materialia Gold Medal is awarded at MRS Fall meeting.

Winners

The winner of the 2014 award is:

Robert O. Ritchie
Berkeley Lab, Materials Science Division,
Berkeley, United States

Full biography
Scopus profile

The winner of the 2014 Acta Materialia Gold Medal is Robert O. Ritchie, the H.T. & Jessie Chua Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of California Berkeley and Senior Faculty Scientist in the Materials Sciences Division at the associated Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

We congratulate Robert O. Ritchie on winning this award.

Previous winners

2013: Professor André Pineau
2012: Professor Terence G. Langdon
2011: Professor Jagdish (Jay) Narayan, USA
2010: Akihisa Inoue, Japan
2009: Y. Austin Chang, USA
2008: Karl A. Gschneidner Jr. USA
2007: Herbert Gleiter, Germany
2006: Subra Suresh, USA
2005: George D.W. Smith, United Kingdom
2004: Raymond Smallman, United Kingdom
2003: Gareth Thomas, USA
2002: Robert W. Cahn, United Kingdom
2001: Chain T. Liu, USA
2000: Tony Kelly, United Kingdom
1999: Jean Philibert, France
1998: Tsuyoshi Masumoto, Japan
1997: Peter Hirsch, United Kingdom
1996: Vaclav Vitek, USA
1995: Thaddeus B. Massalski, USA
1994: Peter Haasen, Germany
1993: William D. Nix, USA
1992: Jerome B. Cohen, USA
1991: Jun Kondo, Japan
1990: James C.M. Li, USA
1989: John P. Hirth, USA
1987: Robert W. Balluffi, USA
1986: Michael Ashby, United Kingdom
1985: Egon Orowan, USA
1984: John W. Christian, United Kingdom
1983: Jacques Friedel, France
1982: Charles Barrett, USA
1981: Morris Cohen, USA
1980: Johannes Weertman, USA
1979: David Turnbull, USA
1978: Mats Hillert, Sweden
1977: John Cahn, USA
1976: Alan Cottrell, USA
1975: W.G. Burgers, Holland
1974: Bruce Chalmers, United Kingdom

Application Process

Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal annual award honors a tradition of excellence in research and practical application and recognizes outstanding accomplishments of investigators in the growing international biomaterials community. The Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal Award consists of the gold medal, a plaque, a cash honorarium and payment of travel expenses related to the award ceremony.

We invite nominations from the biomaterials science community for the Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal Award. The awardee should be an undisputed world leader in the field of biomaterials, whose accomplishments in discovery and translation to practice are surpassing and known to all in the field. Nominations should consist of the nominee's curriculum vitae and a letter of nomination. Seconding nomination letters are recommended. The selection process will be conducted by an international panel of distinguished judges and a suitable presentation venue will be arranged for the following year.

Nomination documents should be sent electronically or by hardcopy to:

Prof. Carolyn Hansson, Executive Secretary Acta Materialia, Inc. Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1 chansson@uwaterloo.ca

Nomination deadline: 31 December of each year

Background

The Acta Materialia Gold Medal has been awarded annually since 1973 by Acta Materialia, Inc., with partial support from Elsevier, Ltd.

The Acta Materialia Gold Medal is awarded annually by the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc., with partial financial support from Elsevier, Ltd. Nominees are solicited each year from the Cooperating Societies, Sponsoring Societies of Acta Materialia, Inc. and general biomaterials community, based on demonstrated ability and leadership in biomaterials research and technology. The candidates are placed on a ballot for the selection committee (a distinguished panel of international judges). A preferential ballot is then conducted among the judges and the candidate with the most points is awarded the Gold Medal. The Award consists of the gold medal, an inscribed certificate, and a cash honorarium.

Award and Ceremony

A gold medal (worth USD $5,000), an inscribed certificate and a cash honorarium are awarded to the winner. The Acta Materialia Gold Medal is awarded at MRS Fall meeting.