Professor John F Knott OBE FREng FRS
(part-time) Professor of Metallurgy and Materials
The University of Birmingham, School of Metallurgy and Materials
Past Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge
|Date of Birth||9 December 1938, (Bristol, England)|
|BMet - First-class honours in Metallurgy, University of Sheffield
PhD University of Cambridge
ScD University of Cambridge
D.Eng (honoris causa) University of Glasgow
D.Eng (honoris causa) University of Sheffield
Career History and Employment
|1949-1956||Foundation Scholarship, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Bristol.
|1956-1959||Undergraduate, Department of Metallurgy, University of Sheffield.
First Class Honours, Mappin Medal, Nesthill Medal.
|1959-1962||Research Student, Department of Metallurgy, University of Cambridge,
(member of Pembroke College). Thesis: “Notch Effects in the
Deformation and Fracture of Mild Steel”; Supervisor: Sir Alan Cottrell.
|1962-1967||Research Officer, Central Electricity Research Laboratories,
|1967-1981||University Lecturer, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy,
University of Cambridge.
|1981-1990||Reader in Mechanical Metallurgy, University of Cambridge.|
|1990-1996||Professor and Head of School, School of Metallurgy and Materials, The
University of Birmingham (RAE scores: 1992 5A/5A, 1996 5*A).
|1995-1998||Dean of Engineering, The University of Birmingham.|
|1998-2009||(Feeney) Professor of Metallurgy and Materials|
|2009- to date||(part-time) Professor of Metallurgy and Materials|
|1967-1990||Goldsmiths’ Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in
Metallurgy and Materials Science, Churchill College, Cambridge.
|1988-1990||Vice-Master, Churchill College.|
|1991-2006||Title E Fellow of Churchill College.|
|1974||Fellow of the Institution of Metallurgists (FIM, now FIM3)|
|1985||Fellow of the Welding Institute (FWeldI)|
|1994||Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)|
|1988||Elected to Fellowship (Royal Academy) of Engineering (FREng)|
|1990||Elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS)|
|1994||Elected as Overseas Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine|
|2003||Elected as Foreign Associate of the U.S. Nat. Academy Engineering|
|2005||Elected as Foreign Member of the Japan Institute of Metals|
|2006||Elected as Foreign Fellow of the Indian Nat. Academy Engineering|
Further Awards and Honours
|1973||LB Pfeil Prize for Physical Metallurgy, Institute of Materials|
|1978||Rosenhain Medal for Physical Metallurgy, Institute of Materials|
|1978||Leslie Holliday Prize, Institute of Materials|
|1999||Grfffith Medal, Institute of Materials|
|1992||Hon. Professor - Beihang University|
|1996||Hon. Professor - Xi’an Jiaotong University,|
|1984||Elected as Honorary Fellow of the Intl. Congress on Fracture|
|1993-97||President of International Congress on Fracture|
|2003||Robert Franklin Mehl Award, TMS (Spring Meeting 2005)|
|2004||Awarded OBE “for Services to Nuclear Safety”(invested 21 Oct)|
|2004||Leverhulme Medal, the Royal Society (presented 30 Nov)|
|2008||Awarded the Brooker Medal (TWI) for 2007|
|2009||Awarded the Platinum Medal of IOM3 (conferred 7 July)|
Author of the seminal monograph “Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics” Butterworth and Co. -1973, reprinted 1976, revised 1979 (Japanese and Russian translations 1977),
“Worked Examples in Fracture Mechanics” Knott, J.F. and Elliott, D. Institution of Metallurgists, 1979. “Fracture Mechanics - Worked Examples” Knott, J.F. and Withey P.A. Institute of Materials, 1993, reprinted 1998. Professor Knott has published over 325 scientific papers in journals or conference proceedings on fracture, fatigue and embrittlement in engineering alloys, has given over 100 keynote/plenary lectures at international conferences, and a similar number of seminar presentations to University groups or to Industrial laboratories, all over the World.
20 Sept 1999
The Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Lecture
6-10 Oct 2002
“The John F. Knott Symposium” TMS Fall Meeting, Columbus,
14 Feb 2005
The TMS Institute of Metals Lecture “Power in Trust”
5 Dec 2006
The Hatfield Lecture “Quantifying the Quality of Steel”
Professor Knott has supervised 72 PhD/Eng.D students (52 Cambridge; 20 Birmingham) for their doctoral degrees. He has directed the research of over 20 Postdoctoral Research Assistants and has collaborated with over 30 Visitors from overseas.
|1988-to date||Member of Technical Advisory Group on Structural Integrity (TAGSI).
Deputy Chair from 2002, Chair from April 2010
|1991-2005||Member of Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee (NuSAC). Deputy Chair from 2002, Acting Chair 2003-4.|
|1997-2005||Member of NuSAC Research Committee (Chair 2000 - 2005)|
|2003-to date||Member Graphite Technical Advisory Committee|
|2002-to date||Member of MOD Research Programmes Group|
|2006-to date||Member of Defence Nuclear Safety Committee|
|1987-2000||Member of Rolls-Royce Materials and Processing Advisory Board|
|2000-2011||Chair, Rolls-Royce Materials, Manufacturing and Structures Advisory Board. From 2011, member of MMSAB.|
|1989-to date||Member of the Research Board of The Welding Institute (TWI).|
|1995-2003||Member of RS/RAE NPL Research Monitoring Committee|
|1999-2005||Member of Editorial Panel for Proc. Roy. Soc. A|
|2007-to date||Member of Royal Society International Travel Grant Committee|
|2001, 2003||Member of Panel for Philip Leverhulme Prizes in Engineering|
|2003-to date||Editor, “Materials Science and Technology”|