IIW News

Passing of Prof. Tom Eagar

We are sad to share the news that Prof. Tom Eagar unexpectedly passed away yesterday Sunday, Oct. 9 at 20:30. His family asked me to tell people in the welding community. There are no concrete dates for a memorial yet.
He was known throughout the world for his pioneering work on the science of welding, and the papers in which he was involved are still key references in the field. His welding class, available in video format since the 1990s is a must-see for students of welding worldwide. His depth of knowledge and incredible intelligence were obvious within the first sentence of any technical conversation. His stories about the world of welding and engineering are legendary in themselves. He was also an incredibly successful consultant, always happy to teach and to involve his students in the activities.
The whole career of Tom was intertwined with MIT. He started there as an undergraduate student in 1968, earning his doctorate in 1975, and becoming a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1976. He was Department Chair between 1995 and 2000. He was a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, received many prestigious awards, and had many publications and patents.
He will always be remembered as a keen advocate for the application of scientific principles in practical problems (welding included), and as a loving and protective mentor to his students.