David B. Williams (academic)

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David B. Williams is the dean of the College of Engineering at the Ohio State University.[1] He was previously the fifth president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Huntsville, Alabama from March 2007 until April 2011,[2] and Vice Provost for Research and Harold Chambers Senior Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Williams was born in Leeds, England, and holds B.A., M.A., Ph.D., and Sc.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge where he also won four Blues in rugby and athletics.

His research and teaching interests’ include:

Together with C. Barry Carter he is the co-author of a 4-volume textbook entitled Transmission Electron Microscopy: A Textbook for Materials Science.[3] held in over 340 libraries,[4] as well as co-editor of two other books.[5][6] He is author or co-author of 207 peer-reviewed journals and articles as listed by Scopus, and the former editor of Acta Materialia and the Journal of Microscopy.

His wife, Margaret, is a native of the Netherlands and was raised in Australia. The couple has three sons, Matthew, Bryn Joseph and Stephen.


  • Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society (U.K.), 1977
  • Fellow of the Institute of Metals (U.K.), 1985–1996
  • Fellow of American Society for Materials International, 1988
  • President of the Microbeam Analysis Society, 1991–1992
  • President of the International Union of Microbeam Analysis Societies, 1994–2000
  • Fellow of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society
  • Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) Cambridge University, 2001
  • American Welding Society, Warren F. Savage Memorial Award [7] for the best paper published in the Welding Journal, 2004
  • First recipient of the Duncumb Award of the Microbeam Analysis Society, 2007
  • Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America, 2010
  • Honorary Member of the Microbeam Analysis Society,[8] 2014


  1. ^ Gattis, Paul (March 18, 2011). "Former UAH President David Williams named engineering dean at Ohio State". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Roop, Lee (March 14, 2011). "Dr. David Williams will step down as president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, David B., and C. Barry Carter. Transmission Electron Microscopy: A Textbook for Materials Science. 2nd ed., New York: Springer, 2010, 1st ed. New York: Plenum Press, 1996. 9780306453243
  4. ^ "Transmission electron microscopy : a textbook for materials science". worldcat.org. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Williams, David B., Alan R. Pelton, and R. Gronsky. Images of Materials. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991 ISBN 978-0-19-505856-7
  6. ^ Williams, David B. Practical Analytical Electron Microscopy in Materials Science. [Weinheim, Basel]: Verlag Chemie International, 1984.
  7. ^ "American Welding Society". aws.org. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Honorary Members". microanalysissociety.org. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Frank Franz
President of the University of Alabama in Huntsville
Succeeded by
Robert Altenkirch