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Prof. John Ågren Receives the 2021 J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award


Prof. Ågren holding his J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award and Gold Medal Award at an ASM banquet.

Thermo-Calc Software are delighted to learn that Prof. Ågren, FASM, Professor Emeritus, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, is named the recipient of the 2021 J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award. The Gibbs Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of phase equilibria, honors Prof. Ågren “For pioneering work in the field of computational thermodynamics and kinetics and their application to materials design and process improvement.”

Though he won the award in 2021, it wasn’t presented until an ASM banquet in 2022 due to COVID travel restrictions. He was also presented with the 2020 Gold Medal Award at the same banquet, as pictured.


Prof. John Ågren, who has won several prestigious awards during his career

“I am very happy. When I look at the previous recipients, I feel proud to be among such a group of exceptional individuals. It is a recognition of the long-term efforts of my colleagues and me”, Prof. Ågren comments. “After years of experience, I am still interested in learning more. In general, I find that every time a look deeper into a problem, may it be an engineering or a scientific problem, I always get engaged and inspired.”

Prof. Ågren is one of the original developers of Thermo-Calc. Since 2017, he has been our Senior Scientific Adviser. His achievements over his active years have been acknowledged in many areas. He has been granted the TMS William Hume-Rothery Award, the NIMS award, and is included in the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Prof. Ågren’s achievements and immeasurable experience are further detailed here.

“I look forward to meeting my colleagues and friends around the world, and to discuss interesting matters. I am also longing to picking mushrooms with my family, now that autumn is here”, Prof. Ågren concludes.

The Gibbs Award was established in 2007 in the name of J. Willard Gibbs, one of America’s greatest theoretical scientists. The J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award is endowed by QuesTek Innovations LLC. The 2021 Gibbs Award will be announced at the ASM Annual Awards Dinner on the 14 September 2021.

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