John Frederick Knott

Prof. John Frederick Knott OBE, FRS, FREng (1949-1956)

John Knott (1938-2017) born 9 December 1938 was a metallurgist and materials scientist. He attended Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Bristol from 1949 to 1956 and gained a State Scholarship to Sheffield University and achieved a BSc. Class 1, Metallurgy.

From 1962 to 1966, John was a Research Officer at the Central Electricity Research Laboratories in Leatherhead in Surrey, after which he became a lecturer in the Department of Materials, Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge University between 1967 and 1981.

He was elected, in 1988, as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In 1990, he moved to the University of Birmingham, where he was Professor and Head of the School of Metallurgy and Materials until 1996, Dean of Engineering from 1995 to 1998 and the fifth Feeney Professor of Physical Metallurgy between 1994 and 2007.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1990 and was awarded their Leverhulme Medal in 2005 “for his distinguished contributions to the quantitative scientific understanding of fracture processes in metals and alloys and its engineering applications”.