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Robert Cahn Award 2018

The Journal of Nuclear Materials and the committee of NuMat 2018, the Nuclear Materials Conference (chaired by Professor Steve Zinkle), are requesting written nominations from our scientific community for the 2018 Robert Cahn Award.

The purpose of the award is to recognise an outstanding scientist who has:

  • a high scientific profile in the field of nuclear materials
  • the ability to communicate science to a broad audience
  • demonstrated interest in breaking down barriers between different scientific disciplines

Previous recipients of this award, Steven Zinkle, Sydney Yip, and Srikumar Banerjee gave keynote lectures at the NuMat conferences in Karlsruhe (Germany, 2010) Osaka (Japan, 2012), and Montpellier (France, 2016). Dr. Claudio Ronchi, the recipient of the 2014 award, was unable to attend the 2014 NuMat in Clearwater (USA, 2014). The winner of the 2018 award will be invited to give a keynote lecture at the next NuMat Conference in Seattle (USA) in October 2018.

The nomination should contain the name of your nominee, his/her CV, and a summary of his/her scientific merit and research impact. The award is open to anyone in the field, although unfortunately self-nominations cannot be accepted.

Please send nominations to the Publisher of the journal, Joe d’Angelo 

The deadline for nominations is 15th November 2017 at midnight BST, and notification of the award winner will appear on the websites of both the journal, Journal of Nuclear Materials and the conference, NuMat 2018. The award will be presented at the NuMat 2018 Conference in Seattle, USA.

Deadline for nominations: 15th November 2017 at midnight BST

Robert Cahn

Robert Cahn was a formidable scientist and credited by many as being a physicist who by his writings, teachings, and experiments in metallurgy, effectively created the field of materials science. An outstanding editor, he helped found the Journal of Nuclear Materials and three other journals. He set up and edited three series of books and three technical encyclopedias on materials science, and his energetic promotion of the subject was instrumental in defining it. He was also a prolific author. He wrote more than 200 scientific papers and wrote or edited some 25 books. He also wrote about 130 short articles, mainly for Nature magazine, about materials science for scientists with primary expertise in other branches of science. Even long into retirement, Robert was always willing and happy to give us the benefit of his great experience and wisdom whenever we had an idea that we wanted to explore. He travelled extensively, lectured frequently in many places, and often in several languages. He believed passionately that science needs to be communicated in a way that is clear and engaging for people from all backgrounds and cultures; and he felt strongly that Science itself should not be broken down into ghettos of knowledge.