Professor Ernest Hondros CMG FRS
Ernest Hondros carried out his main experimental research at the UK National Physical Laboratory, becoming Superintendent of the Materials Division. He then moved to the Joint Research Centre of the European Union as Director of the Petten Laboratory, engaged in research to improve nuclear structural materials.
In particular, he pioneered the accurate measurement of the thermodynamic properties of interfaces in crystalline materials. Such information, combined with the newly introduced Auger electron microscopy, demonstrated that solute concentration at interfaces can be understood in terms of classical adsorption theory. By extending these ideas, he emphasised the importance of interfacial microchemistry in governing the mechanical strength of crystalline materials.
Ernest participated widely in international academic activities, with membership of European advisory committees as well as editorial committees of learned journals. He advocated the need for standards on properties of advanced industrial materials, leading to the formation of the international standards body VAMAS. He received a number of awards, including the IOM3 Rosenhain and Griffith medals, and the ASM Howe Medal.
Professor Ernest Hondros CMG FRS died on 13 September 2016.
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