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educator , Steel company executive

Harold William Paxton, American Educator, former steel company executive. National Science Foundation senior postdoctoral fellow Imperial College, London, England., 1962-1963.


Paxton, Harold William was born on February 6, 1927 in Yorkshire, England. Son of John Wilfrid and Hilda Annie (Vasey) Paxton. came to the United States, 1953, naturalized, 1961.


Bachelor of Science with lst class honours, University Manitoba, 1947. Master of Science, University Manitoba, 1948. Doctor of Philosophy, University Birmingham, England, 1952.


University fellow, U. Birmingham, 1950-1953; member of faculty, Carnegie-Mellon U., 1953-1974; professor metallurgical engineering, Carnegie-Mellon U., 1962-1974; Firth Sterling professor metallurgical research, Carnegie-Mellon U., 1958-1963; head department metallurgy and materials science, director, Metals Research Laboratory, 1966-1971; director research, Metals Research Laboratory, 1973-1974; adjunct senior fellow, Mellon Institute, 1965-1967; director division materials research, National Science Foundation, 1971-1973; vice president research, United States Steel Corporation, 1974-1985; United States Ship professor materials science and engineering, Carnegie Mellon U., 1986-1998; university professor emeritus, Carnegie Mellon U., since 1998. Visiting professor Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1970. Campbell memorial lecturer, 1978, consultant to industry, 1953-1974, 86-.

Chairman International Conference High Velocity Deformation, 1960, International Conference Fracture, 1962.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (with E. C. Bain), 3d edition) Alloying Elements in Steel, 1966, also numerous articles.


Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Metals (Bradley Stoughton Young Teachers award 1960, Gold medal advancement research 1983), Metallurgical Society of American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Engineers (president 1976-1977, vice president institute 1977-1978). Member American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Engineers (honorary.1991, president 1982), National Academy of Engineering, Iron and Steel Institute Japan (honorary), Institute Metals (Harold Moore lecturer 1987).


Married Ann Dorothy Davies, May 13, 1953. Children: Jane Elizabeth, Sally Patricia, Anthony Charles, Nigel John.

John Wilfrid Paxton

Hilda Annie (Vasey) Paxton

Ann Dorothy Davies

Jane Elizabeth Paxton

Nigel John Paxton

Sally Patricia Paxton

Anthony Charles Paxton