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Hertzberg awarded ICF gold medal

Richard W. Hertzberg, professor emeritus and distinguished alumnus in the department of Materials Science and Engineering, has won the 2017 Paris Gold Medal from the International Congress on Fracture (ICF) for his contributions to the field of fracture and fatigue.

The award was named after Paul C. Paris, Hertzberg’s dissertation advisor at Lehigh. Paris is best known for the engineering breakthrough that now bears his name, Paris’ Law of Crack Propagation — a fatigue crack growth model routinely used in materials science and fracture mechanics.

The Paris Gold Medal is part of a series of awards given once every four years to recognize pioneers in the interdisciplinary field of fracture who have contributed prolifically to the literature and who have made profound technological and societal impact through their work.

Hertzberg has won numerous awards throughout his career and was honored with a distinguished alum award at the department’s 125th anniversary in 2015.

The ICF was founded in 1965. Its goals are to foster research in the mechanics and phenomena of fracture, fatigue, and strength of materials for development of materials that are better failure-resistant than conventional ones, to develop design methods that are better failure-safe than the conventional ones, and to promote international cooperation and research among scientists and engineers in the field.

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