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Robert O. Ritchie, University of California Berkeley

Real-Time Imaging of the Deformation and Fracture of Engineering and Biological Materials at Multiple Length-Scales

Robert O. Ritchie ROBERT RITCHIE is the H.T. & Jessie Chua Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments at the University of California at Berkeley; he is also Senior Faculty Scientist at the Materials Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He received his B.A., M.A., Ph.D. and Sc.D. degrees in Materials Science from Cambridge University, where he was the Goldsmith’s Junior Research Fellow in Metallurgy at Churchill Collage (1972-74). Following nearly five years on the Mechanical Engineering Faculty at M.I.T, he joined the faculty at Berkeley in 1981 where he was Chair of the Materials Science & Engineering Department from 2005-11. He is known for his research into the mechanics and mechanisms of fracture and fatigue of a broad range of structural and biological materials, spanning steels and aluminum through ceramics and composites to bone, teeth and fish scales, having published more than 650 papers in the technical literature. Currently his research interests are focused on the development of bio-inspired lightweight structural materials, issues of damage and fracture in metallic glasses and high-temperature composites, and the biological degradation of the structural integrity of bone. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Academy of Engineering in the U.K.


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