Prof Mick Brown awarded RMS Honorary Fellowship

The RMS is pleased to welcome Professor Brown to the Society as a new Honorary Fellow

Professor Lawrence ‘Mick’ Brown is best known for his pioneering work on the application of transmission electron microscopy to a wide range of materials including metals, diamond, nuclear materials and semiconductors. To recognise this work and the impact his work has had in the field of microscopy, we have awarded him with the highest honour our Society can bestow, an Honorary Fellowship.

Enjoying a long career at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, an integral part of the Microstructural Physics group, Professor Brown made vast contributions to the fields of material plasticity, creep, fatigue and ductile fracture and conducted work on the quantitative applications of electron microscopy to detect and study the development of material damage in response to strains and irradiation. His work has suggested new alloying strategies designed to produce fatigue resistance in metals. Mick played a key role in helping implement a practical scheme for the correction of spherical aberration correction in the dedicated STEM via a Royal Society grant with Ondrej Krivanek FRMS FRS. Last year marked the twentieth anniversary of his presentation “A synchrotron in a microscope” at EMAG1997 which led to the establishment of the National SuperSTEM facility which was the world’s first user facility for aberration-corrected STEM.

Professor Brown has won numerous awards for his innovative work on the applications of transmission electron microscopy, scanning TEM and electron energy loss spectroscopy. He has been a leader in the field of high resolution microscopy, setting up the SuperSTEM laboratory in Daresbury, which is now an international centre for frontline analytical electron microscopy. Mick Brown is currently Emeritus Professor of Physics at Fellow of Robinson College at the University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Professor Brown HonFRMS was awarded his Honorary Fellowship by RMS President Prof Michelle Peckham and signed his name in the red book, filled with names and signatures of all our Honorary Fellows dating back to 1839.

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