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The Charles Hatchett Award was originally conceived at a meeting in 1977 between Friedrich Heisterkamp, Dr. Malcolm Gray and Dr. Bob Keown OBE.
The award is made annually to the authors of the best published paper in the general area of the metallurgy of niobium or alloys containing niobium.
A group of six to nine international experts selected from around the world to provide an impartial assessment on the technical merit of the shortlisted papers.
Charles Hatchett FRS (1765 - 1847) was a wealthy London coachbuilder, an amateur scientist, distinguished chemist and the discoverer of niobium in 1801. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1797.
Niobium (Element 41) is used in steels, superalloys, intermetallic materials and Nb alloys, as well as in composites, coatings, nanomaterials, optoelectronic devices and catalysts.
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