Marc A. Meyers

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Marc Andre Meyers
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Marc A. Meyers and his daughter Maria Cristina in 2012
Born (1946-08-10) August 10, 1946 (age 72)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
NationalityAmerican, Brazilian, Luxembourg
Known forDynamic behavior of materials, synthesis, processing, and characterization of new materials, including nanocrystalline and ultrafine grain materials and biological materials
AwardsTMS Fellow, APS Fellow, ASM Fellow, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Materials Research and Technology, Albert Easton White Award, ASM International (one of the three principal materials societies in the US), 2014 Heyn Medal, German Materials Society (Highest award by DGM), 2013 Educator Award, TMS (one of the three principal materials societies in the US), 2015 Morris Cohen Award, TMS, 2008-Lee Hsun Lecture Award, Institute for Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Scientific career
FieldsMaterials Science, writer
Doctoral advisorProf. R. N. Orava
InfluencesTheodore Roosevelt

Marc André Meyers is an American materials scientist, engineer and Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego.[1] Meyers studies and writes about the dynamic behavior of materials, synthesis, processing, impact testing, and characterization of new materials.[2] He also studies the properties of biological materials,[3][4] and in particular the protective coverings of animals.[5] Abalone shells,[6] toucan beaks,[7] the scales of exotic fish,[8] feathers, piranha teeth,[8] rabbit skin,[9] boxfish, turtle and armadillo carapaces, and pangolin scales are some of the biological materials studied by his group.

Meyers was born in Brazil.[10] In the summer of 2014, he organized a group to follow the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition along the "River of Doubt".[10]

Meyers is the recipient of many awards and recognitions and has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Society for Metals (ASM International (society)), The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) and the American Physical Society (APS).

In addition to being a researcher, Meyers is also a fiction writer and has published four novels. These books retell stories and drama from many years of working in university research departments.[11] His novels include:

  • "A Dama E O Luxemburgues" ("D'Amour et d'Acier", in French translation)
  • "Chechnya Jihad"
  • "Mayan Mars"
  • "Abscission/Implosion"
  • "Yanomami: A novel"


  1. ^ "Translating thought to print". 3D Printing Progress.
  2. ^ "Tough, light and strong: Lessons from nature could lead to the creation of new materials". February 14, 2013
  3. ^ "Why your skin is so tough". MailOnline.
  4. ^ "This Giant Fish Has Adaptable Piranha-Proof Armour". National Geographic. by Ed Yong
  5. ^ "Seahorse's armor gives engineers insight into robotics designs". eScience. May 1, 2013
  6. ^ "Abalone Armor: The Toughest Stuff Theoretically Possible". Live Science. by Robin Lloyd Jan 18, 2004
  7. ^ "Imitating Designs from Nature". National Geographic. by Nora Gallagher June 17, 2008
  8. ^ a b "A Piranha-Proof Fish". Science AAAS. by Daniel Strain Feb 10, 2012
  9. ^ "On the tear resistance of skin". Nature Communications. by W. Yang et al. Oct 22, 2014
  10. ^ a b "A return to the River of Doubt". San Diego Union-Tribune By Gary Robbins, Shaffer Grubb & Beto Alvarez March 16, 2014
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2015-07-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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