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Meet Lawrence Van Vlack

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Dr. Lawrence H. Van Vlack was a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan from 1953 through 1988, when he became Professor Emeritus. During these years Professor Van Vlack had extraordinary impact on the field of Materials Science and Engineering, particularly through his devotion to materials education.

Professor Van Vlack authored 12 books, including the famous text Elements of Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Van Vlack introduced millions of students worldwide to the discipline of materials science and engineering and there are at least 25 foreign editions and translations of his introductory textbook. He also authored over 100 publications in the areas of refractory-metal interfaces, phase equilibria in oxide and sulfide systems and inclusion formation in steels.



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