James R. Killian Award & Lecture Series


Award recipients: Materials Science and Engineering

Morris Cohen '33 ScD '36
Lecture title: "Materials in the Scheme of Things" (Parts 1 and 2)
April 5 and 12, 1975

Morris Cohen was a metallurgist and member of the MIT faculty from 1936 to 1987. He became an Institute Professor the same year he was named Killian Lecturer (1974). He is known for major contributions to the understanding of the structure of matter and the ways in which materials such as iron and steel can be processed, and his many honors included the National Medal of Science and the Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology. Professor Cohen paved the way for materials science and engineering to emerge from its roots in metallurgy, thanks to the influential report, "Materials and Man's Needs," which he wrote for the National Academy's Committee on the Survey of Materials Science. More at MIT News.


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