Double Brown

Callaghan Innovation’s Dr Ian Brown​ has been honoured for his lifetime of inspiring work this month. Twice.

Ian, Distinguished Scientist within the Advanced Materials Group of Callaghan innovation’s Research and Technology Services, has been honoured by the science community with two prestigious scientific awards over the last two weeks, recognising his huge contribution to New Zealand research.

Brown_Ian-20On Tuesday 10 November Ian was awarded the Hector Medal by the New Zealand Royal Society for outstanding work in chemical sciences. The medal is awarded annually to a researcher who, working within New Zealand, has undertaken work of great scientific or technological merit and has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the chemical, physical or mathematical and information sciences.
Last night (Thursday 19 November) he was also awarded the Shorland Medal by the New Zealand Association of Scientists. The Shorland Medal is awarded in recognition of major and continued contribution to basic or applied research that has added significantly to scientific understanding or resulted in significant benefits to society
Ian received these awards in recognition of forty years of research in materials chemistry, encompassing fundamental and applied research in glass, ceramics, minerals, metallurgy, nanomaterials and hydrogen materials.

Among many other things, Ian’s work includes titanium powder metallurgy – 3D printing titanium into shapes such as jawbones (the example pictured is not one of Ian’s)

Mary Quin says: “All of us at Callaghan Innovation are very proud of Ian’s achievements and very proud to have him as part of our team. These are wonderful recognitions of Ian’s scientific career and the contributions he has made.”
Conrad Lendrum, Group Manager for the Advanced Materials Group, says these honours are just rewards for a career that has contributed significantly to all aspects of science.
“As an applied scientist, Ian has worked with industry throughout his career, providing advice, undertaking consultancy, forging new connections and collaborations, and assisting with and at times driving new product development – all highly valued deliverables in Callaghan Innovation today.”
I know that he has personally and professionally invested a huge amount in the NZ science system – Conrad Lendrum
Ian has led research groups and programmes in Advanced Ceramics, Cement Science, Materials for Hydrogen generation/separation and storage and most recently Titanium powder metallurgy.
“The impact of Ian’s contribution in these fields is reflected in Ian being honoured with Adjunct Professorship at Victoria University of Wellington and an Honorary Professorship at Waikato University, which for an applied scientist is quite an achievement.
“Ian’s standing as a science leader is also reflected in a number of international collaborations over the years, most notably with the Swedish Ceramic Institute, ENSCI Limoges in France, IFAM and the Technical University of Dresden. He has also inspired many students over the decades.”
“His contribution to the wider science community is often overlooked but I know that he has personally and professionally invested a huge amount in the NZ science system, whether it be judging the Prime Minister’s Science Prize, participating on panels reviewing contestable proposals, or as President of the NZ Institute of Chemistry, to name just a few of Ian’s contributions.”
Congratulations, Ian, on this recognition of all of your hard work and dedication to your research and the broader scientific community.
See a video about Ian’s Hector Medal-winning work here.

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