ERJ staff report (TP)
London – The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) announced its 2014 medal and prize winners in April.
Dr Ranjit Matthan FIMMM (Fellow with IOM3) received the award for “an outstanding contribution for more than 40 years towards growth and development of the rubber industry in India, South East Asia and Central America through his pioneering efforts in technology transfer, education and HRD [hard rubber]”.
The award is open only to members of IOM3.
Dr Matthan has presented and published over 50 scientific and technical papers on natural rubber and lattices and is an invited speaker at several international conferences including the International Latex Conference held each year in the US.
He currently serves as a Director for KA Prevulcanised Latex Ltd, Nagercoil, India. He is a member of the Governing Councils for All India Rubber Industries Association, Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association, Indian Rubber Institute and Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Scheiffelin Leprosy Research and Training Institute.
In 2006, he was awarded the 1005-2006 KM Philip Gold Medal and Award for outstanding contributions to the development of the Indian Rubber industry and Human Resource Development through Education and Training in India.
Dr Matthan holds an undergraduate degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, India and he earned his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the National College of Rubber Technology, London, where he was the first PhD student of Dr DC Blackley whose books and high polymer lattices and emulsion polymerisation are the industry standard references.