On May 15th, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford and member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Professor Brian Cantor, brought students and teachers of SJTU into the fascinating world of alloys with his lectureMulticomponent and High-Entropy Alloyson the 78th Master Distinguished Lecture.
Firstly, he explained the composition and research methods by showing pictures, equations and diagrams in a way that revealed the amazing nature of alloys. During the lecture, he also emphasized the importance of believing in oneself and persistence, by saying that “Sometimes crazy is necessary”. He pointed out that, when everybody else had given up believing he would have new discoveries, it was persistence propelled him to go on. He said that, you could never underestimate the importance of confidence and passion in both academic research and other personal pursuits.
During the Q&A session, Prof. Cantor received a warm response from students, who actively asked questions such as the difficulty and hurdles they encountered in the lab. To this, Prof. Cantorsaid, “Of course there are always to be unsolved things waiting for you to discover.”
Towards the end of the lecture, the student organization committee of Master Distinguished Lecture sent souvenir to Prof.Cantor, expressing sincere gratitude and warm wishes to him. Prof. Cantor left his handprints and inscription and took a group photo with students who workedf or this forum to mark the occasion.
Professor Brian Cantor is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has worked as the head of Materials Department,Physics Department and Mathematical Institute in the University of Oxford.Since 2002, he had been the Vice-Chancellor of York University, and currently,he is the Vice-Chancellor of Bradford University. He was awarded a CBE (Chief of British Empire) for services to higher education in the 2013 New Year's Honors.
He is acknowledged as a world authority on materials manufacturing. Brian Cantor has published numerous papers and on the ISI List of Most Cited Researchers, he was also awarded the Rosenhain Medal, which is the most prestigious award in material sciences.