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Dr. J. Keith Brimacombe

Dr. J. Keith Brimacombe (1943-1997) was a Metallurgical Engineer who was a pioneer in the processes for continuous casting of steel, a vital technology for the many pipelines and steel needed for the petroleum industry. He was born in Nova Scotia but was raised in Alberta. He received his PhD in 1970 from the University of London, England. He then became a professor of Metals and Material Engineering in 1979, and Director of the Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). During his time at UBC, he and his researchers focused on the metallurgical processes including extraction of metals, continuous casting of steel, rolling of steel, and aspects of microstructural control. Dr. Brimacombe was committed to applying his research across many disciplines, and was a strong supporter of the UBC’s Group for Intelenet processing and manufacturing of materials.

Dr. Brimacombe won numerous awards during his career. He was the 1997 winner of the Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. At the award ceremony Dr. Jon Gerrard, Secretary of State in Science, Research and Development, said:

Dr. Brimacombe has been a major contributor to the economic competitiveness of the Canadian steel industry and to the nationwide effort to build productive research links between industry and universities.

Source: http://www.nserc.ca/news/1997/p970320.htm

Dr. Brimacombe was also named an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sciences. As well as his positions at the University, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Foundation for Innovation until his sudden death in 1997. An award was named in his honour in 1999 at the University of British Columbia.

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