Alan Neville Gent

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Alan Neville Gent (11 November 1927 – 20 September 2012) was an English scientist who contributed to understanding adhesion physics, and fracture of rubbery, crystalline and glassy polymers.[1][2]

Contributions to Rubber Science[edit]


He was born in Leicester, England. He earned degrees in physics and math at the University of London, finally receiving a doctorate there in 1955 on the mechanics of deformation and fracture of rubber and plastics.

At age 17, he worked as a research assistant at the John Bull Rubber Co. He served in the British Army from 1947-49. He then became a research physicist and later a principal physicist at the British Rubber Producer's Research Association.

Gent joined the faculty of the University of Akron in 1961, spending nearly a half century at the school.

Gent had been assistant director of the Institute of Polymer Science, dean of graduate studies and research, as well as a researcher and professor.

Gent received the Charles Goodyear Medal from the ACS Rubber Division in 1990, and also the George S. Whitby teaching award. Among a number of other honors he received was the Colwyn Medal of the Plastics and Rubber Institute in 1978.

He died Sept. 20 2012 at the age of 85.


  1. ^ Directory of Graduate Research 1963 p2 "ALAN NEVILLE GENT, Professor (b. 1927). B.Sc, 1946, Ph.D., 1955, Univ. of London. Polymer Physics. Mechanics of rubber spring systems; viscoelastic behavior of polymers; stress relaxation; failure processes; crystallization. A. N. Gent ..."
  2. ^ "Dr. Alan Neville Gent Obituary: View Alan Gent's Obituary by Akron Beacon Journal". Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  3. ^ Gent, Alan (2012). Engineering with Rubber. Hanser. ISBN 978-1-56990-508-1. 
  4. ^ Gent, Alan N. (1990). "Cavitation in Rubber: A Cautionary Tale". Rubber Chemistry and Technology 63 (3): 49–53. doi:10.5254/1.3538266. 
  • (2012) REMEMBERING PROF. ALAN NEVILLE GENT. Rubber Chemistry and Technology: December 2012, Vol. 85, No. 4, pp. 669–670.

External links[edit]

  • [1] - photograph of Prof. Gent