Jonas, Joseph
Weiner, Aranka
Jonas, Miklos (Nick)
Richter, Biri
Jonas, John Joseph


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1. Higgins, Holly

Jonas, John Joseph 2

  • Born: Dec 8, 1932, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Marriage (1): Higgins, Holly

  General Notes:

Born in Montreal and graduated from McGill University with a bachelor’ s degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1954. He later attended Cambr idge University on an Athlone Fellowship and received a Ph.D. degree i n Mechanical Sciences in 1960. On returning to Montreal, he began teac hing “mechanical metallurgy” at McGill and built up a research laborat ory that includes a number of specialized testing machines and is part icularly well equipped for experimental investigations in the field o f high temperature deformation.

Dr. Jonas is known internationally for the ground breaking studies tha t he and his students and colleagues have carried out at McGill on th e hot rolling behaviour of metals. Their work has resulted in major im provements in the understanding of the softening processes involved i n steel processing; these have led to more accurate computer models fo r the control of industrial rolling mills. They have published over fi ve hundred technical papers dealing with the scientific and engineerin g aspects of metal shaping and forming. They have received numerous aw ards for this work, including the Réaumur and Gold Medals of the Frenc h Metallurgical Society, the Hatchett Medal and Award of the Metals So ciety (U.K.), the Dofasco and Alcan Awards of the Canadian Institute o f Mining and Metallurgy, the Gold Medal of the Canadian Metal Physic s Association, the Michael Tenenbaum Award of the American Institute o f Metallurgical Engineers, the Hunt Silver Medal of the US Iron and St eel Society, the Barrett Silver Medal of the American Society for Meta ls, the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (Germany), and the Sawam ura Award of the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan. Professor Jonas ha s been elected a Fellow of the American Society for Metals, the Roya l Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Cana dian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. officer OC He is an Honorar y Member of the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan and of the Indian In stitute of Metals. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 19 93, a Chevalier of the Order of Quebec in 2000, and received the Quebe c prize for science (Prix du Québec - Marie Victorin) in 1995. He ha s served as a visiting professor in a number of countries, including A rgentina, Brazil, Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Me xico, South Africa, the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R.

In 1985, Dr. Jonas was appointed to the CSIRA/NSERC Chair of Steel Pro cessing at McGill, a position which was funded jointly by the Canadia n Steel Industry Research Association and the Natural Sciences and Eng ineering Research Council of Canada. In this capacity, he worked close ly with the Canadian steel industry, and collaborated in the solutio n of a number of important processing problems. Dr. Jonas also holds t he Birks Chair of Metallurgy and is Co-Director of the McGill Metals P rocessing Centre. He and his colleagues have been granted five sets o f international patents associated with steel rolling, three of whic h have been assigned to the sponsoring companies.

Professor Jonas served on the Quebec Science Council (Conseil de la sc ience et de la technologie) from 1987 to 1990, and as Chairman of th e AECL (Atomic Energy of Canada Limited) R&D Advisory Panel in 1992 an d 1993.

John married Holly Higgins.

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