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Dr. Arthur Brace, "Father of Anodizing", passes away

Wednesday, May 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nancy Molenda
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Anodizing pioneer, Dr. Arthur Brace, has passed away in his native country, England. He began in the aluminum industry in 1939 as a metallurgical assistant in the aircraft industry. Later in his career he moved to the Research Laboratories of Alcan Aluminum in Banbury, England, initially as the Head of Metal Finishing Research and Development and then later as Head of the Chemistry Division. During this period he built up a team which gained a high reputation and later became a recognized center of excellence for anodizing research.


Dr. Brace was also in demand internationally as a lecturer. He published numerous papers in his areas of expertise and was author of three books: Anodic Coating Defects, The Technology of Anodizing Aluminium and Hard Anodizing of Aluminium.


Dr. Brace was one of the founders of the International Hard Anodizing Association and a member of a small group which planned the setting up of the Aluminum Anodizers Council in the USA. A member of the Light Metals Committee of the American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Society, he also served as President of its International Branch. He served two periods on the Council of the Institute of Materials Finishing and as Chairman of its Anodizing Group.  More...