Ceremonial session of the AGH UST Senate dedicated to awarding the honorary degree of doctor honoris causa Professor Alan Lindsay Greer

The ceremony will take place on 26th September 2014, at 12.00 p.m. in the AGH UST Assembly Hall,  Krakow, al. A. Mickiewicza 30.


Alan Lindsay Greer is Professor of Materials Science and for 13 years was Deputy Head, then Head of the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, UK. He earned MA and PhD degrees at Cambridge, then undertook postdoctoral work and was Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University before returning to a faculty position in Cambridge.


He has held visiting positions at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble and the Centre d'Études Nucléaires de Grenoble, and was Harrison Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Physics and Centre for Materials Innovation, Washington University, Guest Professor at Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna and holds an Advisory Professorship at Chongqing University.


He is an editor of Philosophical Magazine (founded in 1798, publishing papers on the structure and properties of condensed matter), and is a reviewer for many international journals.


His scientific interests are in microstructural kinetics and the glassy state. His current research is on nucleation in condensed systems, chalcogenide phase-change materials for computer memory, production and mechanical properties of bulk metallic glasses, modelling of grain refinement in aluminium alloys. He has also worked on electromigration effects in alloys, interdiffusion in multilayers, solid-state phase transformations, and a wide range of phenomena in alloy solidification. Students and postdoctoral members of his research group have moved on to faculty positions across the world. Prof.


Greer is a co-author of the book Nucleation in Condensed Matter: Applications in Materials and Biology. In total he has published 2 books, 13 edited proceedings, 14 book chapters, over 390 papers in print, and his Hirsch-index is 50.


He has been awarded, among others, the Pilkington Teaching Prize of the University of Cambridge, the Light Metals and Cast Shop Technology Awards of TMS (USA), the Cook-Ablett Award, the Hume-Rothery Prize and the Griffith Medal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the ISMANAM Senior Scientist Medal, the Honda Kotaro Memorial Medal of Tohoku University, the Lee Hsun Lecture Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Rector’s Dyplom of AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, for scientific publication and the Bruce Chalmers Award of TMS (USA) “For his seminal contributions in the area of nucleation, in particular for the role of inoculants in aluminum alloys and for the formation of bulk metallic glasses”.


The research of Professor Alan Lindsay Greer builds on the theoretical foundations of the disciplines of Materials Science and Metallurgy and explores new materials and phenomena that have the potential to make significant contributions to the development of science and to modern economies