Materials Research Society last November in Boston is
likely to forget Arthur van Hippel’s whimsical anecdote
about the great Norwegian geochemist Victor Goldschmidt
cultivating the neighborhood squirrels and naming them
after his scientific enemies. In the two sessions that
annually convene the entirety of its membership-the
Plenary and Von Hippel Award Sessions-MRS members
had the unique opportunity to reminisce about the formative
years of materials science with one of its foremost
practitioners; to share the concerns and vision of one of
Britain’s most esteemed scientists-statesmen; to probe the
responsibilities and guiding ideals of national and state
political and scientific leaders.
The 1983 Plenary and Von Hippel Award sessions were
extraordinary. In the former, “The Role of Government,
Industries. and Universities in the Support and the
Performance of Materials Science” was examined in depth
by George A. Keyworth II, Science Advisor to the President
and Director of the Federal Office of Science and
Technology Policy; Donald S. Beilman. President of the
Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, and Michael S.
Dukakis. Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In carefully coordinated remarks they defined the issues that
confront policy makers in formulating programs that foster
effective scientific research and technological innovation, and
the roles each sector must play in achieving the most
In the latter session, Oxford University Professor Sir Peter
B. Hirsch, F.R.S., received the Materials Research Society’s
highest accolade, the Arthur Von Hippel Award; and the
renowned scientist for whom the award is named was
present to congratulate his successor to the prize. Sir Peter,
who also is Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic
Energy Authority, challenged materials scientists to be
mindful that they create what he called an “enabling
technology” which permits engineers to turn design into
hardware, and urged them to work closely with their
engineering colleagues to foster this mutual concern. At the
same time, he pointed out that the origin of technological
change can usually be traced to fundamental, speculative
work, which must not be neglected despite budgetary
These sessions highlighted a materials conference
unprecedented in its size, scope, and level of achievement.
More than 1,600 professionals attended some fourteen
symposia and three short courses. in addition to the general
sessions; more than 800 technical papers were presented; a
record number of Proceedings volumes will be published by
the Materials Research Society.
A special issue of the MRS’s official newsletter, the
BUL t ETIY, has been published which contains the complete
remarks of the Plenary and Von Hippcl speakers. as well as
exhaustive reports on the technical symposia. Members
have already received their personal copy. A complimentary
copy for non-members may be obtained from the Society’s
MHS ,QEWS is a publication of the Materials Research Society, the international professional organization of materials scientisls, engineers. technicians, and other materials professionals. The MRS holds two principal meetings annually. one in the spring on the West Coast and the Annual Meeting in November in Boston. It also sponsors other meetings in the U.S. and abroad, awards the fc>remost prize in materials science -the Arthur Von Hippel Award -publishes a PROCEEDINGS series of technical papers and a newsletter, the BI~LI.EII.Y. and oglers man-v other services to its members.
For information about the Materials Research Society and its meetings, contact the Societ}, at its International Headquarters..
J.B. Ballance. Executive Director
Materials Research Society
9800 McKnight Road, Suite 327
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(4 12) 367-3003
MRS HOLDS FIRST MAJOR TECHN[CAL CONFERENCE ON WEST COAST
The Materials Research Society’s first of a planned annual series of Spring Meetings is being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 27-29. The Society is extremely pleased
to report that, through the efforts of Program Chairmen Gordon Pike of Sandia National Labs, Ross Lemons of Los
Alamos National Lab, and Noble Johnson of Xerox’s Palo Alto, Calif., Research Center, a large number of materials
scientists based in Western North America, Latin America,
and the Far East have a supplement to the Society’s November Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, for
topical symposia of particular interest at government,
industry and university labs in those areas.
The Chairmen report that preregistrations indicate total enrollment at the meeting will be about 300. An unknown
number of scientists will register at the meeting itself.
Therefore, total enrollment could easily surpass the number that had been expected to attend the four topical symposia.
The Meeting is held at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel. “The great interest expressed in this meeting has
demonstrated the MRS was correct to establish the Spring Meetings,” the Chairmen report. With more than 1,600 scientists and engineers attending the most recent Annual
Meeting in Boston, that conference had grown unwieldy, it
was felt. In some instances limitations of space had made it
impossible to offer all of the symposia that might have been
organized. Also, “The MRS can better serve research topics where
the predominant interest is at western universities and
industries” through the West Coast meeting, the Chairmen state. “For topics of widest interest, the Spring Meeting will provide the option of site alternation with Boston and
symposia repeat time of 18 months.” Four symposia are offered at Albuquerque.
Symposium A is “Materials for Display and Printing Technologies,” chaired by Derek B. Dove of International Business Machines Corp.% Yorktown Heights, New York,
Research Center, and Cecil E. Land of Sandia National Laboratories.
Symposium B is “Better Ceramics Through Chemistry.”
The Chairmen are C. Jeff Brinker of Sandia National Labs, David E. Clark of the University of Florida, Gainesville. and D.R. Ulrich of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Symposium C is “Optical and Magnetic Data Storage
Materials,” chaired by Geoffrey Bate of Verbatim Corp.,
Martin A. Bosch of Bell Laboratories, and Nobutake
lmamura of KDD R&D Laboratories. Symposium D. “Comparison of Thin Film Transistor and
SOI Technologies,” is chaired by Hon Wai Lam of Texas Instruments and Malcomb J. Thompson of Xerox Corp.‘s
Palo Alto Research Center. Two of the symposia, B and D. intend to publish
proceedings in book form as part of the Materials Research Society PROCEEDINGS series.
The Program Chairmen have long been active in MRS conferences. Gordon Pike has been especially busy, having
served as Co-Chairman of the 1983 Annual Meeting in Boston. Ross Lemons, the inventor of the scanning acoustic microscope, has long been active in MRS symposia on such
topics as ferroelectric-ferroelastic devices, magnetostatic
wave propagation, thin film silicon crystallization, and
electrically amplified optical recording. Noble Johnson was
a Co-Chairman of the symposium on energy beam-solid
interactions and transient thermal processing at the 1983
MRS Annual Meeting.
West-coast MRS meetings will be held annually in the
spring, next year in San Francisco. “Together with the expansion of the Annual Meeting in Boston,” notes MRS
President C.W. “Woody” White of Oak Ridge National
Lab, “the Spring Meetings greatly enhance the technical
conferences the Society provides to the materials science
community. They reinforce our premier position as rhe
professional organization for materials scientists and
ALBUQUERQUE: THE MRS’S FIRST SPRING CONFERENCE
The Materials Research Society is proud to convene its first annual West Coast Meeting ‘in 1984, in Albuquerque,
N.M. This conference adds an entirely new dimension to
the activities of the Materials Research Society. In the past, the Society has sponsored a yearly meeting in Boston in November of each year. In a few short years that meeting has become the premier conference in the world for materials professionals. The increased participation by individuals in the Materials Research Society and the
demand among its members for more topical symposia in key areas of materials science made it necessary for the Society to establish a second yearly meeting. The meeting in Albuquerque is the first of these. Although this meeting will be smaller in terms of attendance and the number of
topical symposia offered, we expect the West Coast meeting to grow rapidly and, in a few years, to be comparable in size
with the Boston meeting. Plans for a second West Coast meeting. to be held in San Francisco in 1985, are already well under way.
The Materials Research Society is the foremost technical society in the world for those professionals concerned with the forefront areas of materials science. The MRS symposia are interdisciplinary and they span a range from basic
research to applications. The goal for each symposium is to insure that all possible physical, chemical, and engineering insights are considered for the topic being examined. The Society has earned a reputation as the sponsor of the most vital information-sharing events within the materials
community. You can be assured that the same standards of
technical program selection that have earned us our reputation will be applied to program selection for the West Coast meetings.
Organizing a meeting of the size of the Albuquerque Meeting requires enormous efforts on the part of dedicated individuals. The Meeting Chairpersons for this
meeting-Gordon Pike, Sandia National Labs, Noble
Johnson. Xerox, and Ross Lemons, Los Alamos National Lab-have done a superb job in selecting the technical
SPRING MEETING SET FOR SAN FRANCISCO IN 1985
The second spring conference of the Materials Research
Society is planned for April 15-18, 1985, at the Golden
Gateway Holiday Inn in San Francisco. It will offer significantly more symposia than the Albuquerque meeting.
A benetit of MRS membership is the opportunity to intluence decisions about symposia selection, as well as to
participate in the organization of this and other technical conferences of broad interest to materials professionals.
Three outstanding scientists are serving as Chairpersons of
the San Francisco meeting: Susan M. Kelso received her Ph.D. in physics from the
University of California at Berkeley in 1979. After pursu-
ing post-doctoral research at Bell Laboratories, she joined
the staff of the Xerox Research Center in Palo Alto, Calif.,
in 198 I. Her principal research interests have centered on
the study of semiconducting materials using optical ellip- sometry, synchrotron radiation, and reflectance and lumines-
cence spectroscopies. Besides the MRS. she is a member of
APS and AAPT, the Association of Women in Science, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa.
A. Wayne Johnson is head of a laser and atomics physics
program. They had far less time to accomplish this task
than is customary for planning the Boston meeting. Chairmen of the individual symposia are to be commended as well for the jobs they did in organizing the technical symposia. The MRS also owes a debt of gratitude to Rod
Quinn and his colleagues at Sandia and in the Albuquerque
area for providing the local arrangements for the conference.
C.W. “Woody” White President
group at Sandia National Laboratories. His principal
research interests include chemical kinetics, laser spectros- copy, laser research, surface physics and chemistry, and
laser-controlled chemical processing on surfaces. He is a member of the American Physical Society and of Sigma Xi.
In 1983 he was co-chairman of the MRS symposium on laser-controlled chemical processing of surfaces.
K.S. Sree-Harsha is Chairman of the Department of Materials Engineering at San Jose State University. His
principal interests include thin film metallization, phase
transformation, and magnetic materials. He has organized
numerous special courses and symposia in the Bay Area in
the field of electronic materials. He received his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Penn State University in 1964 and since
then has performed research at several university and indus-
trial laboratories. MRS members automatically receive complete informa-
tion about all technical conferences, including the San Fran-
cisco meeting. Call or write the Society for information about membership.
MRS SLATES EQUIPMENT EXHIBIT AT 1984 BOSTON MEETING
The Materials Research Society will hold a three-day offsetting a greater part of their cost. equipment exhibit as part of this year’s Annual Meeting, to The exhibit will be organized and run for the Society by be held in Boston, Mass., Nov. 26-30. This is the first time the Advertising Division of the American Institute of such an exhibit has been included as an integral part of the Physics. The Division has more than 20 years of experience Society’s Annual Meeting, but the activity is expected to running such exhibits for AIP member societies such as the become a permanent fixture at future Society conferences. American Vacuum Society and the American Physical
The exhibit is intended to serve several purposes: enhance Society. the quality of the meeting and provide greater opportunities To date, more than SO companies have indicated strong for information exchange; provide participants with the interest in participating. The names of those firms which at opportunity to see the latest equipment available for use in press time expected to participate in the show appear in an their field of research; increase the exposure of the Materials ad appearing in the current number of the MRS BULLETIN,
Research Society and its activities to equipment the official newsletter of the Materials Research Society. A manufacturers; and provide an additional source of revenue complimentary copy of the BULLETIN is available from the to help the Society upgrade the quality of its offerings while Society’s International Headquarters.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ION BEAM MODIFICATION
The Materials Research Society will for the first time co- Modification of Materials” conferences, to be held this year sponsor one in the series of international “Ion Beam on the campus of Cornell University, Ithaca. NY, July l6-
19. The MRS is hoping to forge continuing links to this
sequence of materials conferences and is particularly pleased to begin with a conference guided by an international committee and chaired by Prof. J.W. Mayer, one of its own
distinguished Von Hippel Award winners. The 1984 conference is one in a series that began in 1970
at Thousand Oaks, when “Ion Implantation in Semiconductors” was a new field. In 1978 in Budapest the
conference organizers recognized the broadening scope of ion
beam-solid interest and originated the title “Ion Beam
Modification of Materials,” which subsequent semi-annual
meetings at Albany and Grenoble have also borne. The MRS is pleased to establish a co-sponsor relationship with
these conferences since this field of research has already
been recognized as important to the MRS. Several past MRS annual meetings have had symposia on closely related themes. The most recent was the one held this November in
Boston, the symposium “Ion Implantation and Ion Beam Processing of Materials,” which was organized by G.K. Hubler, C.R. Clayton, O.W. Holland, and C.W. White.
The Cornell conference will have a four-day format. The
scope and organization are indicated below.
The emphasis of the conference is on ion-induced changes
in composition, structure, and defects and the associated
changes in mechanical, electrical, optical, or chemical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics. and organic material. The conference is organized in the following sessions:
Metals I and 2 (S. Myers and P. Peercy)
Semiconductors 1 and 2 (B.R. Appleton, D.E. Davies, and J. Donnelly)
Sputtering Phenomena (H.H. Andersen) Ion Mixing (S.S. Lau and M.A. Nicolet)
Polymers, Ceramics, And Other Insulators (W.L. Brown and J.A. Davies)
Ion Assisted Etching (J. Coburn) Fine Line Structures (I. Adesida)
Invited and contributed papers will be presented in oral sessions, with the majority of contributed papers presented in poster sessions.
METALLURGY OF CAST IRON CONFERENCE PLANNED IN STOCKHOLM
The Third International Symposium on the Physical
Metallurgy of Cast Iron will be held in Stockholm August 29-3 I, with the support of the Materials Research Society
and the Swedish Board for Technical Development. The aim of the conference is to elucidate various aspects
of the physical metallurgy of cast iron, notably: The mechanism of solidification and transformations in
the solid state;
1974. The volume of research in the intervening years made
another conference desirable, and Sweden’s Royal Institute
of Technology agreed to host the meeting, under the spon- sorship of the MRS and Sweden’s Technical Development
The influence of alloy composition and cooling conditions
on microstructure, defect formation, and properties, and
Simulation methods for predicting structure and proper-
ties, based upon computer analysis of cooling conditions and
Abstracts should be submitted to the conference secre-
tariat by April I. Notification of acceptance will be made by June I. The number of papers is limited to 50. Proceed-
ings will be published by Elsevier Science Publishing Com- pany as a volume in the MRS PROCEEDINGS series.
The second international conference was held in Geneva in
For information make inquiries to: Symposium on Cast
Iron, SCI 3, Materials Research Center, Royal Institute of
Technology, S-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden. Telephone 46-
87877553. Telex 10389 KTHBS.
AN MRS INNOVATION: THE MATERIALS RESEARCH CALENDAR
For the First time, a comprehensive calendar of profes-
sional conferences, meetings, and symposia of interest to materials scientists and engineers has been prepared.
Perhaps you already knew about the Optical Society of America’s Spring Conference, or the Spring ‘84 Topical
Meeting on the Science of Polishing, or the Third Interna- tional Conference on III-V Semi-Insulating Materials, or the Symposium on Reliability in Ceramic Production and Utili- zation. But perhaps you have missed the Third Interna-
tional Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces, or the North Staffordshire meeting on Kinetics and Mass Transport of Silicate and Oxide Systems, or the Seventh International Conference on Textures of Materials, or the Conference on
Advances in Materials Technology for the Process Indus- tries.
There is only one place notices of all of these meetings, and scores of others of interest to the materials community,
appear-the BULLETIN of the Materials Research Society. Each bi-monthly issue contains a continuously updated
calendar of every significant meeting to be held in the com- ing I2 months.
You can consult the MRS BULLETIN in your technical
library, if it subscribes. Or you can receive your personal
copy every other month as a benefit of MRS membership. As a reader of Materials Letters (most of whose Editors
are active MRS members), you will benefit from member- ship in the Materials Research Society. Its technical meet-
ings are topical and interdisciplinary. Its PROCEEDINGS are definitive. Its range of member services is unequaled.
Call or write for a complimentary copy of the most recent number of the BULLETIN. Our International Headquarters
can also supply complete information about MRS member- ship.