Michael Whelan (scientist)

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Michael Whelan
Born 2 November 1931 (age 86)
Alma mater
Website http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/peoplepages/whelan.html
Scientific career
Doctoral advisor Peter Hirsch

Michael John Whelan HonFRMS FRS (born 2 November 1931) is a British scientist.

Education and Career[edit]

Whelan completed his PhD at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge under the supervision of Peter Hirsch.[1][2] He held research posts at the University of Cambridge until 1966 when he moved to the University of Oxford.[1] As of 2011, Whelan is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford, England, and an Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford.[3]


In 1976 he was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow of the Institute of Physics.[4][1] He and Archibald Howie won the 1988 Hughes Medal of the Royal Society "for their contributions to the theory of electron diffraction and microscopy, and its application to the study of lattice defects in crystals".[5] He also received the 1998 Distinguished Scientist Award in Physical Sciences from the Microscopy Society of America[6] and the 1965 C.V. Boys Prize from the Institute of Physics.[7] In 2001 he was elected honorary fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society.[1] In 1998 he was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award by the Microscopy Society of America.[1] In 2011 he won the Gjønnes Medal in Electron Crystallography.[8]