Authorised form of nameEyre; Brian Leonard (1933 - 2014)
Dates1933 - 2014
Place of birthPlaistow, London, England, UK
Date of birth29/11/1933
Date of death28/07/2014
Research fieldAtomic power
Nuclear energy industry
University of Surrey, BSc metallurgy, DSc; Charterd Physicist; Chartered Engineer
Research Officer, Materials Division, Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories (1959-1962); Senior Scientific Officer (1962-1965), Principal Scientific Officer (1965-1971), Banded Officer (1971-1979), Metallurgy Division, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Harwell; Professor of Materials Science, Deaprtment of Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Liverpool (1979-1984), head o deaprtment (1981-1984); Director, Fuel and Engineering Technology, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Risley (1984-1987); Board Member, UK Atomic Energy Authority (Deputy Chairman 1989-1996, Chief Executive 1990-1994); Non Executive Chairman, UK Atomic Energy Authority Government Division (1994-1995); Board Member and Deputy Chairman, Atomic Energy Authority Technology. Academic posts: Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Mettalurgy, University of Illinois (1969-1970); Visiting Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Wisconsin (1976); Visiting Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Liverpool (1985); Chairman Departmental Advisory Committee, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Liverpool (1990); Member Industrial Advisory Committee (1995), Visiting Professor (1997), Department of Materials, University of Oxford; Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, University College London (1995); Industrial Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford (1996); Member of Council, University of Salford (1993-1996); Member of Fusion Studies Advisory Group, Imperial College London (1985)
CBE 1993
Energy Committee (1980-1983); Science and Engineering Research Council; Fusion Technology Panel (1980-1984); Metallics Sub-Committee (1981-1986); Materials Committee (1982-1986); Materials Commission (198-1990) Advisory Council on Research and Development, Department of Energy (1987-1990); FEng (1992); Fellow of the Institute of Materials; Fellow of the Institute of Physics; Foundation for Science and Technology; Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council; US National Academy of Engineering (2009);
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election10/05/2001
Age at election67
Royal Society activityCommittee and panels:
SAIS Plutonium Working Group (1997-1998)
General contextBrian Eyre was an outstanding metallurgist who played a leading role in the development of nuclear engineering materials. His experiments on irradiated metals enabled a theoretical understanding of the mechanisms of radiation damage, and in particular the formation of voids and void swelling in structural steels. His work on the fracture of metals advanced our understanding of intergranular embrittlement and helped define the specifications of the structural components in nuclear reactors. He rose from a humble upbringing in London's East End to become Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). He was instrumental in transforming the UKAEA from a organization whose mission was to develop nuclear power generating systems into the privatized AEA Technology, which worked on a wide range of technologies on a customer–contractor basis (Biogr. Mems Fell. R. Soc).
Pooley Derek, Smith George and Windsor Colin Brian Eyre CBE FREng. 29 November 1933 — 28 July 201462Biogr. Mems Fell. R. Soc, (obituary)
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Royal Society codeNA6871
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/001344Eyre, Brian Leonard2001
EC/2001/15Eyre, Brian Leonard: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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