TRIBOLOGY LAUREATE HONOURED
At a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on 10th June 2009, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT presented Tribology’s Highest Honour, the 2008 Tribology Gold Medal, to Professor Stathis Ioannides PhD MSc DIC.
The ceremony was followed by a luncheon at the Royal Society.
Professor Stathis Ioannides is an internationally acknowledged expert in the field of tribology, an area of science focusing on the study of friction, wear, lubrication and traction. He is Director of Product Engineering for SKF, the world’s largest bearings manufacturer, and a Visiting Professor of Imperial College London.
His work on the development and implementation of a new life theory for rolling contact bearings has been a major breakthrough and is used today by bearing companies throughout the world. It enables the prediction of rolling contact fatigue life, thus quantifying the reliability of such bearings which are essential to the vast majority of engineering machine designs.
His career has successfully bridged the gap between industry and academia.
Note: Tribology is the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It is the interdisciplinary control and management of friction for the purpose of saving energy and materials and for enhancing the environment and the quality of life.