Anthony W. Thompson, Ph.D.

MS 62-203, 1 Cyclotron Rd.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 486-7021


Dr. Thompson obtained his B.S. degree at Stanford University, spent a year at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Caltech before receiving a M.S. at the University of Washington, and received his Ph.D. in 1970 at M.I.T. He was then employed at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, followed by four years at the Science Center of Rockwell International, before joining the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in 1977. He served as Head of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at Carnegie Mellon from 1987 to 1990. In 1994 he moved to the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and to a research appointment in the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Thompson's interests encompass the relation of microstructure to a wide variety of mechanical properties. Primary examples include investigation of many materials for hydrogen compatibility; studies of fatigue properties and of polycrystal work hardening; and fracture behavior of metal-matrix composites and of titanium aluminide alloys. He is a member of TMS, Sigma Xi, ASM International, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been elected a Fellow of ASM International. He has served as Key Reader, Associate Editor and Editor (1983-1988) of Metallurgical Transactions. He has co-organized and co-chaired five international conferences on hydrogen embrittlement, held at Seven Springs, PA in 1973 and at Jackson, WY in 1975, 1980, 1989, and 1994, and was co-chairman of the Gordon Conference on Physical Metallurgy in 1992. He was a Visitor in Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, and Overseas Fellow in Churchill College, during 1982-83, was Visiting Scientist at the the Riso National Laboratory in Roskilde, Denmark in 1987, and was a Visiting Faculty member at the Berkeley and Santa Barbara campuses of the University of California in 1991-92. Dr. Thompson has authored or co-authored over 280 technical publications and edited eight books.

Recent publications include:

A.W. Thompson and J.F. Knott, "Micromechanisms of Brittle Fracture," Metall. Trans. A, 24A (1993) 523-534.

D.M. Dimiduk, A.W. Thompson and J.C. Williams, "The Compositional Dependence of Antiphase Boundary Energies and the Mechanism of Anomalous Flow in Ni3Al Alloys," Philosophical Magazine A, 67 (1993) 675-698.

A.W. Thompson, M.P. Mueller and I.M. Bernstein, "Stress Corrosion Cracking in Equiaxed 7075 Aluminum Under Tension and Torsion Loading," Metall. Trans. A, 24A (1993) 2569-2575.

C.P. You, A.W. Thompson and I.M. Bernstein, "Ductile Fracture Processes in 7075 Aluminum," Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 26A (1995) 407-415.

C.H. Ward, A.W. Thompson and J.C. Williams, "Elevated Temperature Tensile Behavior of Ti-25 Al-10 Nb-3 V-1 Mo," Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 26A (1995) 703-720.

K. Li, T.M. Pollock, A.W. Thompson and M. De Graef, "A New Phase in Hydrogen-charged Ti-48 Al-2 Cr-2 Nb," Scripta Metall. Mater., 32 (1995) 1009-1014.

Ritchie Group
Dept of MSME , UC Berkeley

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