Personal perspective on microstructure of steels: 25th anniversary of MST and collection of papers in honour of Sir Robert Honeycombe

H. K. D. H. Bhadeshia


I was assigned the task in this silver jubilee of Materials Science and Technology to select and introduce some of its memorable papers which in my opinion have contributed significantly to the understanding of steel microstructures over the last 25 years. For those of you who know me, MST is my favourite journal by a large margin, so it is a pleasure to be able to celebrate its achievements. Its pedigree can be traced to the widely respected Metal Science and Metals Technology journals; I am gratified that the former is now incarnated as an electronic archive and hope that the latter soon will be. Indeed, I would go so far as to suggest that the Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute should be similarly honoured in this wonderful age of electronic information; after all, its knowledge content is awesome by any standard.

I also take this opportunity to place in context a collection of new scientific papers written in honour of the late Professor Sir Robert Honeycombe, whose general contributions to physical metallurgy and seminal work on microstructure pervades the literature on iron and its alloys. His Royal Society biography has just been published and makes inspiring reading, covering an era where progress seemed relentless, driven by a pure passion for discovery.

Materials Science and Technology Vol. 26, 2010, 453-456.

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