John Chipman. Professor of Metallurgy and Head of the Department of Metallurgy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, retired in June 1962. To pay tribute to Professor Chipman for the enormous contribution that he has made to the field of metallurgy, a Conference on the “Physical Chemistry and Technology of Steelmaking” was organized by an informal committee of his friends and associates. The Proceedings of this conference celebrate Professor Chipman's distinguished career.
Professor Gordon Brown, Dean of the School of Engineering, said in his welcoming remarks that the conference comes at a propitious time; steel as a basic element in our society is undergoing strain because of severe competition from plastics, aluminum, and may other new materials. The task of metallurgy is to seek new technologies and to educate people in these technologies so that steelmaking, a vital segment of the economy today, will continue to grow, to be strengthened, to play an even stronger role in the total economic picture. It is to this task that the Chipman Conference is addressed.
Contributors to the Chipman Conference are metallurgists from all over the world, the top men in the field. Inevitably, their papers discuss steelmaking in all its phases. For this reason, STEELMAKING: The Chipman Conference belongs on the reference shelf of every metallurgist and of every scientist whose discipline touches metallurgy.