Biography of John Werner Cahn
Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory
Materials Building, Room A153
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD 20899.
(301) 975-5664; FAX (301) 975-4553;
B.S. in Chemistry, 1949, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Ph.D in Physical Chemistry, 1953, University of California, Berkeley.
Thesis: "The Oxidation of Isotopically Labelled Hydrazine"
Thesis Professor: Richard E. Powell.
Sc.D (hon), Northwestern University, 1990.
D. Hon. Causis, Universit
d'Evry, France, 1996.
1984 - present
Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory
, Gaithersburg, MD.
1977 - 1984
Center Scientist, Center for Materials Science, NBS.
1964 - 1978
Professor of Materials Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
1954 - 1964
Research Associate, Metallurgy and Ceramics Department Research Laboratory, General Electric, Schenectady, NY.
1952 - 1954
Instructor, Institute for the Study of Metals, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
1949 - 1952
Teaching Assistant, University of California, Berkeley.
Professional Memberships and Offices:
National Academy of Sciences
Section on Applied Physical Sciences.
National Academy of Engineering
Section on Materials Engineering
American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
American Institute of Metallurgical Engineers - TMS Fellow.
Heat Treatment Committee - Chairman 1981-83
Boston Section - Chairman 1968-69
Tri-City Section - Program Chairman 1962, Vice Chairman 1963.
ASM International, formerly American Society for Metals - Fellow
International Council of Alloy Phase Diagrams.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Gordon Conference on Physical Metallurgy - Chairman 1964,
Vice Chairman 1963.
Materials Research Society
MRS Councilor 1999-2001
MRS-India, Honorary Member.
Japan Institute of Metals, Honorary Member.
Publications and Lectures
and 400 invited lectures over the past 40 years.
Honors and Awards:
Bower Prize, Franklin Institute
Emil Heyn Medal, German Metallurgical Society
Honorary Life Member, American Ceramic Society
Bakhuys Roozeboon Lecturer and Gold medal, Netherlands Academy of Sciences
Finalist, World Technology Award for Materials, The Economist
Fellow, World Technology Network, National Museum of Science and Technology, London
National Medal of Science
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Distinguished GE Lecturer in Materials Science at RPI
`69 & `98
MacDonald Lecturer, Canadian Metallurgical Society
Doctor Honoris Causis, Universite d'Evry, France
Harvey Prize, Israel Institute of Technology.
Rockwell Medal; Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology, and Medal, International Technology Institute.
Gold Medal, Honorary Member, Japan Institute of Metals.
Inland Steel Lecture, Northwestern University.
Hume-Rothery Award, TMS.
Cyril Stanley Smith Lecturer, University of Chicago.
Honorary member, MRS-India.
Michelson and Morley Prize, Case Western University.
Honorary Sc. D., Northwestern University; Hilliard Lecturer.
Sauveur Award, ASM International.
Distinguished Physics Lecturer, Boston University.
Stratton Award, National Bureau of Standards.
Von Hippel Award, Materials Research Society.
Gold Medal, US Department of Commerce.
Distinguished Lecturer, University of Connecticut.
Golick Lecturer, University of Missouri, Rolla, MO.
Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Dickson Prize, Carnegie-Mellon University.
Honorary Professor, Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
Van Horn Lecturer, Case-Western University.
Dorn Lecturer, Northwestern University.
Acta Metallurgica Gold Medal.
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Member, National Academy of Sciences.
Institute of Metals Lecturer, AIME.
S. B. Meyer Award, American Ceramic Society.
Guggenheim Fellowship spent at the University of Cambridge, Goldsmith Laboratory.
Allied Chemical and Dye Fellowship at University of California, Berkeley.
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Affiliate Professor, Departments of Physics and Material Science, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; in residence fall 1991.
IMA, University of Minnesota.
Visiting Lecturer, MacMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Visiting Professor, Aryamehr University of Technology, Teheran, Iran
Visiting Professor, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
General Electric Research and Development Center, Schenectady, NY.
1971-72 Sussman Professor; 1980, visiting Professor; 1995, Krengel Fellow
Israel Institute of Technology.
Lawrence Radiation Laboratories,
Adjunct Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY