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Notis to lecture on Samurai sword

Emeritus professor Michael R. Notis, BS ’60, MS ’63, Ph.D. ’69, will be the guest lecturer at an ASM meeting taking place Thursday, April 27 in WH 207 at 5:00pm. His talk, “Microstructure, Mechanical Properties and Fabrication of the Samurai Sword,” discusses what is widely considered to be the epitome of empirical engineering.

The lecture will examine the historic development, fabrication, mechanical properties and microstructure of the Samurai sword and is an ideal introduction to the modern science and technology behind the construction of today’s high quality blades.

Notis was a Product Engineer with A.T.T.-Western Electric Co. in Allentown from 1960 to 1969, where he participated in the manufacture of the first commercial and military integrated circuits. He joined the faculty of the Materials Science and Engineering Department in 1969. He retired in 2005, just a few years after starting the Archaeometallurgy Lab at Lehigh. He now conducts research in this area related to Roman and Tyrian silver coins, Judean maceheads, Japanese swords, Islamic Astrolabes, marine corrosion of Roman bronze, 19th century welded  iron sculpture, ancient Chinese Bronze casting, and Pre-Columbian copper casting.

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