Harshad Bhadeshia

Sir Harshad Bhadeshia
Born Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Hansraj Bhadeshia
(1953-11-27) November 27, 1953[1]
Other names Harry Bhadeshia
Residence United Kingdom
Institutions University of Cambridge
Alma mater
Thesis The significance of retained austenite in steels (1980)
Notable awards

Sir Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Hansraj Bhadeshia, (born 1953)[1] FRS,[3] FREng, FNAE is a British metallurgist and TATA Steel Professor of Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge.

Education and early life

Born in Kenya to Indian parents,[4] Harry Bhadeshia moved to the United Kingdom in the 70s and studied at the City of London Polytechnic (now London Metropolitan University) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1976.[1] He joined the University of Cambridge to work on the theory and significance of retained austenite in steels and obtained his Ph.D. in 1980.[5]

Career and research

Following his PhD, he worked as a Science Research Council Research Fellow until 1981 and has been part of the academic staff at the University of Cambridge since then. He is the author of more than 500 published papers in the field of metallurgy[2][6] and several books. [7][8][9]

In the 90s, he worked with British Steel plc (now part of Tata Steel Europe) on a carbide-free, silicon-rich bainitic steel that was used for rails in the Channel Tunnel[10] and later on a high-performance armour steel for the British Ministry of Defence.[11] In 2006, he was awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining for “outstanding services to the Steel Industry”.[12] In November 2008, he became the first Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy [13] and he established and took the lead of the new “SKF University Technology Centre”, in May 2009 between SKF and the University of Cambridge to conduct research in the field of the physical metallurgy of bearing steels.[14]

Editorial positions

Awards and honours


  1. 1 2 3 BHADESHIA, Sir Harshad (Kumar Dharamshi Hansraj). Who's Who. 2016 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription required)
  2. 1 2 Harshad Bhadeshia's publications indexed by Google Scholar
  3. 1 2 3 "Sir Harshad Bhadeshia FREng FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:
    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived September 25, 2015)
  4. "Harry Bhadeshia's Steel Connects UK, France". Forbes India. Feb 27, 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  5. Bhadeshia, H. K. D. H. (1980). The significance of retained austenite in steels (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.
  6. Withers, P.J.; Bhadeshia, H.K.D.H. (2013). "Residual stress. Part 1 – Measurement techniques". Materials Science and Technology. 17 (4): 355–365. doi:10.1179/026708301101509980.
  7. Bhadeshia, H. K. D. H.; Honeycombe, Robert (2006). Steels: Microstructure and Properties. Butterworth–Heinemann. ISBN 978-0750680844.
  8. Bhadeshia, H. K. D. H. (2001). Bainite in steels. Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. ISBN 978-1861251121.
  9. Bhadeshia, H. K. D. H. (1987). Worked Examples in the Geometry of Crystals. Maney Publishing. ISBN 978-0904357943.
  10. "British Steel alloy makes tough tracks". EPSRC. June 19, 1996. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  11. "New armour steel showcased at DSEi". Ministry of Defence. Sep 14, 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  12. 1 2 "Professor Harry Bhadeshia Receives Bessemer Gold Medal". Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  13. "Tata Steel group endows professorship in metallurgy at University of Cambridge". Tata Steel. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  14. "SKF University Technology Centre opens up research into new bearing steels at University of Cambridge". SKF. May 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  15. 1 2 "Awards archive". Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  16. "Awards". Times Higher Education. September 1997. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  17. "List of Fellows". Royal Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  18. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61256. p. B2. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  19. "Fellowship". Indian National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
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