Ernest Hondros - Biography#

Obituary, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Professor ERNEST DEMETRIOS HONDROS (Anastasios Demetrios Hondros) FRS; DSc; Dr d’U (Paris); FIM; C, Eng.; C.M.G.

Former Director of the Petten Establishment (1985 – 1989), Commission of European Communities’ Joint Research Centre (Netherlands).

Former Director of the Institute for Advanced Materials (1989 -1995), The Petten (Netherlands) and Ispra (Italy) Laboratories of The Joint Research Centre, Commission of the European Communities. Superintendent, Materials Division of the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, U.K. (1979-1985).

Current Position: Visiting Professor and Senior Investigator, Department of Materials, Imperial College, University of London.

Titles, Awards and Honours:

FRS - Fellow of The Royal Society; C.M.G. -Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St.George; DSc – Doctor of Science, [Melbourne University, and University of London, UK (Honoris Causa)]; Dr d’U (Paris) –Doctor of the Universite de Paris, France; FIM –Fellow of the Institute of Metals; CEng; Member of Academia Europaea; Member d’Honneur, Societe Francaise de Metallurgie; Rosenhain Medal (Metals Society, U.K.); Howe Medal (American Society of Metals); Griffiths Medal (Institute of Metals, U.K.); Committees, etc: Member of Court of Imperial College, University of London Chairman of Advisory Committee for Materials Department, Imperial College Member of Advisory Committee, Dpt. of Materials, University of Cambridge Member of Comite de Direction, C.N.R.S.Laboratoire, Universite de Dijon, France Member of Comite de Direction, C.N.R.S. Laboratoire, Universite de Grenoble, France (C.N.R.S – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
Member, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Instituto di Chimica Fisica Materiali, Genoa, Italy Member of International Board for election of Heads of Institutes, University of Patras; and University of Thessalonike, Greece

External Examiner for Doctoral Theses for several U.K. and other European Universities Member of Editorial Committees for several learned Journals.


About 150 papers and articles on Physical Science research, published in various learned journals.


Numerous invited lectures to international Conferences and Universities Distinguished lectures at Universities of Sheffield and Oxford.

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