THE first decade of the twentieth century produced a number of explorers keen to discover in the science of metals the most efficient and economic ways to adapt 'brass and iron' to the service of man. Papers published at the time were concerned with the micro-structures of metals and alloys, and the influence of the nature and distribution of micro-constituents on mechanical properties. Hence there arose a need for the results of such work to be published among manufacturers and users of metal, while scientific men required a fellowship for mutual help and criticism. The Institute of Metals was founded to meet these needs in September 1908, its temporary headquarters being the Department of Metallurgy of the University of Birmingham. The first secretary was Mr. Gilbert Shaw Scott, who is now retiring after thirty-two years of service.
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Mr. G. Shaw Scott and the Institute of Metals. Nature 153, 614 (1944). https://doi.org/10.1038/153614a0