Tata puts the pedal to the metal
Tata Steel, one of the leading industrialist groups in the world, with an exemplary record for a philanthropic commitment to world-class research, has given Cambridge the funding to endow a Professorship of Metallurgy.
The post is to be named the Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy and will be based in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy. Professor Harry Bhadeshia, FRS, a world-renowned expert on complex metallic alloys, is to be the first holder of this prestigious new position.
‘The Department and the University are very grateful to Tata Steel Group for this endowment,’ said Professor Lindsay Greer, Head of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy. ‘We are proud to have on our academic staff a scientist of the distinction of Professor Harry Bhadeshia. Harry, with his cutting-edge research on steels, is the perfect person to inaugurate this post, which is only the second endowed Professorship in the Department.
‘As the University approaches its 800th anniversary in 2009, the Tata Steel Professorship will help to maintain Cambridge’s strong record of contributions to the fields of materials sciences and metallurgy.’
‘Professor Bhadeshia, who has received many awards in recognition of his work, commented: ‘I am deeply touched by this endowment and thrilled to be associated with Tata Steel Group. I will, with much pleasure, do my utmost to promote education and creativity in steel. I am particularly delighted that this endowment will provide a perpetual source of funds for in-depth research into this most wonderful of materials.’
The Tata Steel Group, established in 1907 as Asia’s first integrated private sector steel company, is an international leader in the field with operations in every major world market including Africa, Asia Pacific and China, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America and the UK.
Added: 25 November 2008