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Professor William Campbell (c1877-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

PROFESSOR WILLIAM CAMPBELL died suddenly on December 16, 1936, at the age of 60.

Born at Gateshead-on-Tyne, Professor Campbell was educated at King's College, London, and at Oxford. He received the degrees of B.Sc. and of D.Sc. from Durham University, and was research scholar at the Royal School of Mines from 1899 to 1901.

He went to Columbia University with a Fellowship in 1902, and taught there continuously from 1904 to his death, being appointed the first Howe Professor of Metallurgy at Columbia University in 1924. A year after he went to America, he received the Saville-Shaw medal of the British Society of Chemical Industry, and in 1905 the Carnegie Scholarship of the Iron and Steel Institute.

During the War he was metallurgist in the New York Navy Yard and rose to the rank of Commander in the U.S. Navy, afterwards becoming consulting metallurgist to the New York Navy Yard. He was a Fellow of the Geological Society of London. During his distinguished career in the United States of America, he held the office of metallographer for the technologic branch of the Geological Survey. He was also at one time a member of the advisory committee of the Bureau of Standards and advisory metallurgist to the New York City Board of Transportation. He edited the Columbia School of Mines Quarterly, the International Journal of Metallography, and the Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry.

Professor Campbell was elected a member of the Institute of Metals on December 29, 1924.

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