Granta’s Michael Ashby receives ICF Gold Medal

gold medal awarded to Professor Ashby


Granta’s very own Professor Michael Ashby is one of just six scientists to receive one of the 2017 International Congress on Fracture‘s highest honors, an Alan H. Cottrell Gold Medal.

Named after a pioneer in the field of micro-mechanisms of fracture, the award is presented to senior researchers who have similarly made pioneering contributions to the understanding of fracture. Previous recipients of this prestigious medal are Professor Robert O. Ritchie (2009), John F. Knott (2013), and Subra Suresh (2013).

Ashby receives gold medal

Professor Michael Ashby, Cambridge University, UK

Professor Ashby is this year’s recipient in recognition of his seminal contribution in the area of systematic materials selection, and to the understanding of deformation in metals and its relationship to fracture mechanisms. An Emeritus Professor in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University in the UK, Professor Ashby’s books on material selection are used in universities and organizations throughout the world.

In addition to being the past ICF Honour Lecturer, and an Honorary Fellow of ICF, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 1997, Professor Ashby received a CBE. And we are proud to say that he is one of the co-founders of Granta Design.


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2 thoughts on “Granta’s Michael Ashby receives ICF Gold Medal

  1. Prof. Rupendra M. Anklekar

    I would like to congratulate Professor Michael Ashby for receiving the 2017 International Congress on Fracture‘s highest honors, Alan H. Cottrell Gold Medal in recognition of his seminal contribution in the areas of systematic materials selection, deformation in metals, and microfracture mechanics.

    This memorable news triggered my old memories and I still recollect reading the book authored by Professor Ashby, MF and Jones, DRH (1986) Engineering Materials 2: An Introduction to Microstructures, Processing and Design during my M.Tech. days at IIT Bombay as I cherished it for the lucidity and depth of information.

    I wish Professor Michael Ashby all the best in such endeavors.

    1. Beth Harlen

      Thank you for sharing those memories with us. It’s lovely to hear that Mike’s book made such an impression.


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