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Award of the Albert Medal to Sir Robert Hadfield, Bt., F.R.S

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    THE Albert Medal for 1935 of the Royal Society of Arts has been awarded, with the approval of the president, H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught, to Sir Robert Hadfield “for his Researches in Metallurgy and his Services to the Steel Industry”. The Society's Albert Medal, its premier award, is given annually “for distinguished merit in promoting Arts, Manufactures or Commerce”. It commemorates the work for the Society of the Prince Consort, who for eighteen years was its president, and to whom the success of the Great Exhibition of 1851, organised by the Society, was largely due. Awards are made irrespective of nationality, and the list of former recipients of the Medal includes the leading men of science, inventors and other benefactors of humanity. Seventy-five awards have now been made, of which nineteen have been to workers outside Great Britain. The first Albert Medal (1864) went to Sir Rowland Hill, for his reform of the postal system of Great Britain. In 1866, Michael Faraday was the medallist, and later recipients have included forty-one ordinary fellows of the Royal Society and nine foreign members. The other metallurgists of the distinguished company which Sir Robert Hadfield now joins are Bessemer, Siemens, John Percy and Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell.

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