Brian Eyre

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Brian Eyre

Born(1933-11-29)29 November 1933
Died28 July 2014(2014-07-28) (aged 80)

Brian Leonard Eyre CBE, FRS,[1] FREng (29 November 1933 – 28 July 2014) was a British material scientist, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)[1] and Professor at the University of Liverpool. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford and University College London.[2]

Career and research[edit]

Eyre was appointed Professor of Materials Science at the University of Liverpool from 1979 to 1984.[2] His research investigated nuclear technology, including electron microscopy studies of radiation damage in metals and alloys.[2][3][4][5] He played an important role in the privatisation of UKAEA to create AEA Technology.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

Eyre was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2001[1] and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1992.[2] He was elected foreign associate member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States in 2009 for his understanding of neutron irradiation-induced damage in materials and for developing technologies and policies for nuclear power in the United Kingdom.[6]

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1993 New Year Honours.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Pooley, Derek; Smith, George; Windsor, Colin (2016). "Brian Eyre CBE FREng. 29 November 1933 — 28 July 2014". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. London: Royal Society. 62: 147–166. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2016.0016. S2CID 79308446.
  2. ^ a b c d Anon (2014). "Professor Brian Eyre CBE, FRS, FREng". Oxford: University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014.
  3. ^ Eyre, B L (1973). "Transmission electron microscope studies of point defect clusters in fcc and bcc metals". Journal of Physics F: Metal Physics. 3 (2): 422–470. doi:10.1088/0305-4608/3/2/009.
  4. ^ Mazey, D.J.; Eyre, B.L.; Evans, J.H.; Erents, S.K.; McCracken, G.M. (1977). "A transmission electron microscopy study of molybdenum irradiated with helium ions". Journal of Nuclear Materials. 64 (1–2): 145–156. doi:10.1016/0022-3115(77)90018-6.
  5. ^ Jenkins, M. L.; English, C. A.; Eyre, B. L. (1978). "Heavy-ion irradiation of α-iron". Philosophical Magazine A. 38 (1): 97–114. doi:10.1080/01418617808239220.
  6. ^ Anon (2009). "National Academy of Engineering elects 65 members and 9 foreign associates". Archived from the original on 20 December 2014.
  7. ^ "No. 53153". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 December 1992. p. 8.