The Charles Hatchett Award has been bestowed each year since 1979. Many famous metallurgists from important research groups have been Charles Hatchett Award winners.
The 2017 Charles Hatchett Award winners are Jun Takahashi, Kazuto Kawakami, Jun-ich Hamada and Ken Kimura, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Stainless Steel Corporation, Japan, for their paper:
‘Direct Observation of Niobium Segregation to Dislocations in Steel’, Acta Materialia, Vol 107, 1 April 2016, 415-422
There have been 39 Awards made, up to and including 2017, for papers from 12 different countries. The dominant topic for winning papers has been that of High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) or Microalloy Steels.
Most Awards have involved multiple authorship, except when Professor K.K. Schulze was the single author of the 1983 Award. Only one person, Wolfgang Bleck, has won the Award twice, in 1990 and in 2001.
The Charles Hatchett Special Award for Lifetime Achievement is an occasional Award, unlike the Charles Hatchett Award which is presented annually. The Award is based on an overall contribution to niobium metallurgy including publications, materials, product and process developments, and outstanding involvement over a period of time.