Subject: The mechanical behaviour of materials; particularly metals, ceramics and ice
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Professor Michael Ashby has been associated with the Engineering Design Centre since its inception, as one of the three Principal Investigators. He received his bachelor's degree and a doctorate in natural sciences at the University of Cambridge and then joined the Institute for Metal Physics at the University of Göttingen, Germany, working with Professor P. Haasen from 1962 to 1965. From 1966 to 1973 he held the post of Professor of Applied Physics in the Division of Engineering and Applied Physics at Harvard University. He is a member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Since 1973 he has been a member of the Cambridge University Engineering Department where he holds the post of Royal Society Research Professor. Professor Ashby was the Editor of Acta Metallurgica from 1974 to 1995 and is now Editor of Progress in Materials Science.