Philip Withers#

Membership Number:4404
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM

Present and Previous Positions

  • 2016-Regius Professor of Materials, Univ. of Manchester
  • 1998-2016 Professor of Materials Science, School of Materials, Univ. of Manchester
  • 1994-98 University Lecturer, Mat. Sci. & Metallurgy, Cambridge.
  • 1989-94 University Assistant Lecturer, Mat. Sci. & Metallurgy, Cambridge.

Fields of Scholarship
  • Nanotomography
  • Metal matrix composites (Ti-SiC fibre and Al particulate)
  • Laser peening and other life extending surface treatment technologies
  • Linear, rotational and stir friction welding of Al, Ni and Ti materials and components
  • Crack tip field displacement mapping and crack tip residual stress interactions
  • Weld residual stresses, their modelling and mitigation
  • Structural integrity of aerospace and nuclear plant
  • New residual stress measurement technologies
  • Stress related transformations including ferro electric and shape memory transitions
  • Powder processing

Honours and Awards
  • 2016 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society
  • 2014 The Sir Colin Humphreys’ Education Award of Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining
  • 2014 Received the Queen’s Anniversary Award for ‘New techniques in x-ray imaging of materials critical for power, transport and other key industries’ for Univ. of Manchester
  • 2013 Kilburn Medal of University of Manchester as Researcher of the Year Award
  • 2010 Awarded the Royal Society’s Armourer’s and Brasier’s Medal
  • 2008 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
  • 2007 Awarded Education Innovation Prize by the Royal Acad. of Engineering–Nexia Solutions
  • 2005 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • 2004 Elected a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining
  • 2002-7 Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award
  • 2001 Rosenhain Medal for distinguished achievement in Materials Science, Inst. of Materials
  • 1999 Materials Science & Technology Prize of the European Federation of Materials Societies
  • 1988 Darwin College Research Fellowship, Cambridge

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