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Top 10 Voting Begins
November 1, 2006

Voting for the world’s greatest moments in materials science and engineering history has begun via an online survey developed by JOM, the journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). The top ten materials moments will be spotlighted at the TMS 2007 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, to be held February 25–March 1 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Professionals in the materials field as well as the general public may vote for their top ten moments from a list of 100 nominees. The deadline for voting is December 31, 2006. The list includes moments such as smelted copper being observed in a fire pit in 8000 BC, which brought about the birth of extractive metallurgy; French chemist Count Hilaire de Chardonnet building the first commercial rayon plant in 1891, which enabled commercial production of synthetic fibers; the splitting of the uranium atom by Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann in 1939, which ultimately lead to both nuclear power and weapons; the invention of the transistor by John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain, and William Shockley, which created the building block for modern electronics; and Don Eigler spelling out “IBM” at the nano-level by manipulating xenon atoms, which demonstrated the idea of bottoms-up manufacture.

JOM is presenting the greatest materials moments in commemoration of TMS’s 50th anniversary in 2007 as a member society of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). The announcement of the top ten materials moments at the society’s annual meeting will inaugurate three days of plenary sessions covering the last 50 years of technological progress in materials, and the future direction of materials science and engineering.

JOM, the member journal of TMS, has long enjoyed opportunities to highlight the role of materials in society presenting descriptions of such ancient processes as Damascus steel making and lost-wax casting. Unforgettable moments in history–the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia and the sinking of the Titanic, for example–have also been explored from a materials science perspective.

For more information visit for all 100 nominees as well as an explanation of the methodology used to compile the list.

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