International honour for Huddersfield thermal studies professor

Professor Ted Charsley

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:43:00 BST

Emeritus Professor Ted Charsley delivers the prestigious Robert Mackenzie Memorial Lecture at the 16th Congress of the ICTAC

ICTAC logo THE University of Huddersfield’s Professor Ted Charsley is a leading authority in the field of thermal analysis.  His latest distinction is to join a sequence of eminent scientists in delivering the Robert Mackenzie Memorial Lecture, which took place at the 16th Congress of the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC) in Orlando, Florida.

The lecture was inaugurated in 2000 to commemorate the unique contribution of Dr Robert Mackenzie (UK) to the formation and development of ICTAC and is delivered after the Congress Opening Ceremony.

The ICTAC Congress is held at four-yearly intervals at different locations around the globe and the Mackenzie Lecture is the prelude to five days of technical sessions.  In Florida, Professor Charsley delivered the lecture to an audience of over 280 scientists from some 27 countries.

Robert Mackenzie “I felt very honoured to be invited to give this prestigious lecture,” he said.  “As a long-time colleague and friend of Robert Mackenzie (pictured left), it was both a privilege and a pleasure to be able to honour his memory in this way.”

Professor Charsley’s address was entitled Studies on Metal-Oxidant Pyrotechnic Systems using Thermal Methods.  It dealt with a subject has been one of his main focuses of research for more than 40 years and one that has been supported both nationally and internationally.   

Now an Emeritus Professor of the University, Ted Charsley relocated to Huddersfield in 1997, forming its Centre for Thermal Studies.  He is also a consultant for the University’s commercial chemistry research unit named IPOS (Innovative Physical Organic Solutions).

He is a Past President of the International Congress for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry and in 2008 he was the first English scientist to be awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership of the organisation.  Other distinctions include the Prix Calvet, bestowed by L’Association Française de Calorimétrie et d’Analyse Thermique.  He is also a Past Chairman of the Thermal Methods Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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