Alan Arthur Johnson

Title: Physicist, Educator (Retired), Consultant

Company: University of Louisville

Location: Georgetown, Indiana, United States

Alan Arthur Johnson, Ph.D., Physicist, Retired Educator and Consultant at the University of Louisville, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in materials science, metallurgy and higher education.

Dr. Johnson commenced his career as a scientific officer in the Royal Naval Scientific Service in England in 1954. Transitioning to academic soon thereafter, he served as a lecturer on metallurgy at the Impersonal College of Science and Technology with the University of London in 1960 and a director of research at the Materials Research Corporation in 1963. In 1965, he became a professor of physical metallurgy at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and was promoted to the head of the department of physics and engineering in 1967. Relocating to Washington, he served as a professor of materials science and chair of the department at Washington State University in 1971. From 1975 to 1976, he acted as the dean of the graduate school at the University of Louisville, and from 1975 to 2002, he was a professor of materials science. Finalizing his career as the president of Metals Research, Inc., from 1988 to 2014, he still serves as a consultant to this day.

Dr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in physics, with special honors, from Reading University, a Master of Arts in physics from the University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Philosophy in metal physics from the University of London. He is a diplomate of the Imperial College in London, England. In addition, he has contributed more than 125 scientific papers in his area of expertise and formerly held the role of chairman of the Mayors Oceanographic Advisory Committee in New York City from 1968 to 1971.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to science and education, Dr. Johnson received the Kentuckiana Metroversity Award for Innovative Teaching in 1995 and the Community Service Award from the University of Kentucky from 2001 to 2002. In addition, he was named Distinguished Citizen of Louisville in 1996. Notably, he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Physics, and ASM International.

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