Raymond Edward Smallman was one of Britain's leading physical metallurgists. His books influenced many generations of undergraduates, and his research group spawned more than a dozen professors of metallurgy and materials science, a university vice-chancellor and at least two directors of major metal companies. Smallman's range was immense and during an active research and teaching life of more than 60 years he made important contributions, often using electron microscopy, to our understanding of crystal defects and deformation behaviour in metals, alloys, intermetallic compounds and ceramics. His professional career was based at the University of Birmingham for more than 50 years and he contributed hugely to the success of one of the country's leading schools of metallurgy and materials.
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