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J. Alwyn Eades

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J. Alwyn Eades, Professor Emeritus

J. Alwyn Eades, who joined the Department in the fall of 1997, sometimes finds it hard to think of himself as a materials scientist. He began his career as a physicist and is now an electron microscopist. He also has interests in aspects of crystallography and enjoys playing tennis badly.

Professor Eades, who is British, was an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge (UK) and stayed there to get his Ph.D., in Physics, in 1967. He then worked in the Department of Physics at the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile, for six years. He returned to England (following the military coup in Chile) in 1974 and was a member of the faculty in the Physics Department at the University of Bristol until 1981, when he came to the United States. From 1981 until he came to Lehigh University, Dr. Eades was director of the Center for Microanalysis of Materials at the University of Illinois. This is one of the major centers for electron microscopy in the United States.

Professor Eades' research interests stem from an abiding fascination with extending the technique of electron microscopy to make it more powerful and more flexible. He has worked, especially, in electron diffraction and is one of the pioneers and innovators in the field known as convergent-beam diffraction. This is what has lead him into aspects of crystallography.