Reporter 423, 21 September 1998


Obituary - Jack Nutting

Professor Jack Nutting died on 8 July 1998, aged 74. He retired in 1988 nearly 30 years after being appointed Head of the Metallurgy Department.

Jack Nutting’s long association with the University of Leeds began in 1943 when he became one of the first students to study for a degree in metallurgy, which he obtained with first class honours.

Following a PhD, he joined the British Iron and Steel Research Association and was seconded to the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge, where he was later appointed as Lecturer in the Department of Metallurgy.

Jack soon achieved wide acclaim for his pioneering study of metals and alloys with the electron microscope. His results greatly enhanced the understanding of steels and in 1960, at the height of his work, Jack was appointed Head of the Leeds Metallurgy Department.

The Department grew rapidly, and its electron-optical facility became a focus for visitors from around the world. Jack travelled widely, making contacts in institutions throughout the world, and the work and family spirit of the department was underpinned by regular social activities.

Jack also played a major role in the professional institutions and had been President of the Metals Society, the Institution of Metallurgists, and the Historical Metallurgy Society. During his career he was awarded the Beilby, Hadfield and Platinum Medals, the latter of which he presented to the University.

He was a great believer in academic freedom and strongly encouraged colleagues to pursue their individual subject interests, an attitude which benefited both undergraduate and research students.

There will be a memorial service at St Chad’s church on 2 October at 2pm.

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