Frederick Brian Pickering

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Professor Frederick Brian Pickering FREng[1] is an English metallurgist. His research and development activities contributed significantly to the creation of the stronger and lighter steels.

His notable research and development throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s laid the foundations for much of the physical metallurgy of high strength, low alloy steels. His Physical Metallurgy and the Design of Steels (ISBN 0-85334-752-2, originally published in 1978 by Applied Science Publishers, London), continues to be recommended reading for the majority of metallurgical engineering and materials science university courses.

Pickering worked[2] at the British Steel Corporation (BSC) in Rotherham and Sheffield, becoming a key member of the BSC Swinden Laboratories staff and, later, a professor at the Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University).

Prof. Pickering was awarded the 1994 Bessemer Gold Medal[3] for outstanding services to the steel industry, by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He was also appointed a Fellow[4] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[5] in 1987.

He was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.


  1. ^ "List of Fellows". 
  2. ^ Krauss, George (2005). Steels: processing, structure, and performance. ASM International. p. 219. ISBN 978-0-87170-817-5. 
  3. ^ "Awards archive". Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "List of Fellows". 
  5. ^ "List of Fellows".