Elected F.R.S. 1984
Dr Frank Brian Mercer combined within one man a strong scientific approach with an exceptional imaginative and creative mind that was able to develop the technological and engineering aspects that led on to successful commercial realization of his ideas. It is claimed–with justification–by J.E. Ford of the Shirley Institute that his invention of Netlon was the ninth basic textile process since the dawn of civilization (Ford 1972).