Lifetime Contribution to Magnetics Recipients
The Society presents its Lifetime Contribution to Magnetics Award in recognition of a recipient’s outstanding contributions to the field of magnetics. It is presented to leading members of the worldwide magnetics community; individuals are nominated based on their consistent support, work and achievements over many years which have significantly moved our knowledge and use of magnetic technologies forward.
The award is presented as a way of thanking recipients for their dedication and achievements over many years, and for providing an example of the excellence to which we as a community should aspire.
Made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of electromechanical energy conversion, ranging from sub-kilowatt linear/rotary machines to multi-Megawatt turbo-generators, with particular emphasis on permanent-magnet excited machines. His research spanned all facets of controlled electrical drive systems, including those for high performance aerospace applications, and cost sensitive automotive and industrial applications.
Made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the processing of magnetic materials and hydrogen – metal interactions, developing the Hydrogen Decrepitation Process for magnet manufacturing and recycling. Also his work in promoting a viable European high-tech magnet industry, and the role of permanent magnet motors in minimising carbon emissions.
Made an outstanding contribution to the field of magnetics through his work on the application of rapid solidification to the development of new and / or improved hard and soft magnetic alloys.
Made an outstanding contribution to the field of magnetics through his work on the software for electric motor design, and as founder and Director of the Scottish Power Electronics and Electric Drive Consortium (SPEED) at the University of Glasgow.
Made an outstanding contribution to the field of magnetics through his work both on permanent magnets and measurement of their properties, and in the standards committees of the IEC and BSI.
Made an outstanding contribution to the field of magnetics through his work on electrical machines of many kinds, including induction, synchronous, linear, disc, and brushless DC motors, magnetic bearings, and axial flux machines, as well as improving their components and enhancing our understanding of their operation.
Made an outstanding contribution to the field of magnetics through his experimental and educational activity in the field of soft magnetic materials and coatings, in particular the measurement of magnetic properties, observation and modelling of phenomena and processes such as magnetisation and core losses in electrical machines, and development of methods to improve these.
The use of electromagnetic simulation software has become a key part of the design process, and it is fair to say that every major electromagnetic software company was in some way inspired by the work that Bill was doing at the time, or has relied on research that has been disseminated through the COMPUMAG Society which he was instrumental in founding.