Beta, the company founded by Dr. Keown in 1984, manages the annual award process on behalf of CBMM. Until his retirement in 2012, Dr. Keown, in association with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), previously the Metals Society, coordinated the Charles Hatchett Award for over thirty years.


Beta are responsible for managing and providing the Secretariat for the Charles Hatchett Award. The Secretariat consists of Beta experts and administrators plus the Chair of the International Panel.

About Beta

Beta is a niche technology and innovation consultancy based in the UK.  Operating internationally, they have a strong track record and reputation for delivering high profile projects like the Charles Hatchett Award, for over thirty years. They have an extensive network of metallurgists with both academic and industrial experience who can provide access to new markets and cutting-edge science and technology.


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), based in the UK, is at the centre of a global materials network involving the manufacturing industry, research laboratories, universities and 18,000 members in more than 70 countries, drawn from a range of disciplines.

IOM3 was created in 2002 from the merger of the Institute of Materials with the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, both professional institutions with roots going back to the 19th century. IOM3 encompasses the complete materials cycle from exploration and extraction to characterisation, processing, forming, finishing, application and product recycling.

The Charles Hatchett Award is presented by IOM3 as one of its “awards associated with the Institute but with selection made by outside bodies”. The Award does require IOM3 Council approval.

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