The Society for Adhesion and Adhesives will present a number of awards at the international Adhesion 11 conference this month. John Antony Bishopp, formerly of Hexcel Composites and currently managing director of consulting company Star Adhesion Ltd., will receive the de Bruyne Medal. The medal is named in honor of Norman de Bruyne FREng, founder of Aero Research Ltd. Constantino Creton, professor and director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, will be given the Wake Memorial Medal, which is awarded triennially to an individual working in the adhesion or adhesives field.

Bishopp made many contributions to the adhesives research program at Hexcel Composites during his tenure from 1963 until 2001. His role within the company became increasingly significant as his experience and expertise grew. He conducted hands-on, practical work in the development of adhesive systems, particularly brake-bonding and honeycomb adhesives, which are still used today. In later years, he was solely responsibility for developmental work based, in particular, on phenolic, epoxy and bismaleimide chemistries.

Creton’s work experience includes a year at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA, as a post-doctoral fellow, and an 18-month spell at École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), Paris, France, as a Swiss National Research Fund senior fellow.

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