Authorised form of nameHill; Rodney (1921 - 2011)
Dates1921 - 2011
Place of birthStourton, Leeds, Yorkshire
Date of birth11/06/1921
Date of death02/02/2011
Scholarship to Leeds Grammar School; scholarship to read Mathematics at Pembroke College, Cambridge - completed his degree in two years, received a First (1938-1940)
War work for Ordnance Board at Cambridge's Mathematical Laboratory; joined Professor Nevill Mott's team at Fort Halsead, near Sevenoaks, Kent for theoretical research on armaments and problems with explosoves (1943-1946); seconded by the Ministry of Supply to the metal physicists under Egon Orowan at CAvendish Laboratory Cambridge(1946-1949); moved to Sheffield to head a new section in the Metal Flow Research Laboratory of the British Iron and Steel Research Federation (2949-1950); moved to Bristol University for a three year research fellowship in department of Physics and Mathematics(1950-1953); Chair in Applied Mathematics at Nottingham University (1953-1962); created a Department of Theoretical Mechanics within the Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham (1960).Elected to a research fellowship at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge (1963-1969) then the university conferred a personal Readership in the Mechanics of Solilds (1969-1972), then appointed a personal professorship (1972).
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election16/03/1961
Age at election39
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Royal Medal 1993
RelationshipsMarried, Jeanne Wickens (1946) who died 2003; one daughter
Published worksDoctoral thesis 'Theoretical Studies of the Plastic Deformation of Metals' 1949, published 1950 established him as the leding authority in the field. Principles of Dynamis' 1964, undergraduate textbook.
The Telegraph, 8 March 2011
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Royal Society codeNA3900
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1961/10Hill, Rodney: certificate of election to the Royal Society16 March 1961
IM/002098Hill, Rodney1964
RR/70/138Referee's report by Geoffrey Ingram Taylor, on a paper 'A theory of the yielding and plastic flow of anisotropic metals' by Rodney Hill1947
RR/69/167Referee's report by Richard Vynne Southwell, on a paper 'The theory of wedge indentation of ductile materials' by Rodney Hill, Eva H Lee and S J Tupper1945
RR/70/140Referee's report by Richard Vynne Southwell, on a paper 'The theory of combined plastic and elastic deformation with particular reference to a thick tube under internal pressure' by Rodney Hill, Eva H Lee and S J Tupper20 March 1947
RR/70/139Referee's report by Richard Vynne Southwell, on a paper 'A theory of the yielding and plastic flow of anisotropic metals' by Rodney Hill1947
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