About the Author

Dr. Ray Bishop began his working life in 1945 as a Nuffield apprentice in the metallurgical laboratory of Morris Commercial Cars Ltd., Birmingham. He then worked in laboratories of automobile, forging, tube-making and razor blade industries. By studying part-time he obtained an external Honours Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, London University. From 1958 until 1968, as a scientist of the British Coal Utilisation Research Association, he researched superheater corrosion and ash deposition problems in the latest coal-fired power stations. This work led to an external Ph.D in Engineering of London University.

Changing from metallurgy to the new field of materials science, he was a Senior Lecturer at Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now University), supervising the CNAA Honours Degree course, M.Sc and Ph.D students. In parallel, for seven years, he was Open University Tutor in materials science and processing for the West Midlands. From 1986 until 1995 he was personal assistant to Professor Ray Smallman, Head of the School of Metallurgy and Materials, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Vice-Principal of the University of Birmingham. Acting as co-author, he extended the range of Professor Smallman’s popular textbook on physical metallurgy to cover the new generation of engineering materials, such as polymers, ceramics, glasses and composites.*

In 1995 and 1997 he was a Visiting Professor in the Engineering Department of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, lecturing officers of the US Navy. On occasion he gave illustrated talks to US veterans of the local Military Order of World Wars about European battlefields such as Belleau Wood and Omaha Beach.

Interests: Lewis Carroll / Robert Musil, Otto Wagner & Vienna / Albrecht Dürer / Mercedes-Benz v. Auto Union racing cars in 1930s / chromolithography / collector of Liebig advertising trade cards / member of Ephemera Society and T.E.Lawrence Society.

* R.E.Smallman & R.J.Bishop, Modern Physical Metallurgy & Materials Engineering (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1995, 1999) ISBN 0 7506 4564 4.