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Frederick Brian Pickering, AMet, DMet, FIMMM, CEng, FREng[1](born 17 March 1927) is an English metallurgist. His research and development activities contributed significantly to the creation of stronger and lighter steels.

Frederick Brian Pickering
Frederick Brian Pickering
Born Frederick Brian Pickering
(1927-03-27)27 March 1927
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Occupation Metallurgist
Years active 1960s until 1990s
Spouse(s) Shirley Pickering

His notable research and development throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s laid the foundations for much of the physical metallurgy of high strength, low alloy steels. His Physical Metallurgy and the Design of Steels (ISBN 0-85334-752-2, originally published in 1978 by Applied Science Publishers, London), continues to be recommended reading for the majority of metallurgical engineering and materials science university courses.

Pickering worked[2] at the British Steel Corporation (BSC) in Rotherham and Sheffield, becoming a key member of the BSC Swinden Laboratories staff and, later, Emeritus Professor at the Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University).

Pickering was awarded the Sidney Gilchrist Thomas Medal in 1968, and the Sir Robert Hadfield Medal 1971, both from the Iron and Steel Institute. Pickering was also awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal[3] in 1994 for outstanding services to the steel industry, by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (now IOM3). He was appointed a Fellow[4] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[5] in 1987. He authored over 160 research publications throughout his career.

He was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, in 1927, and was the cousin of footballer Jack Pickering.


  1. ^ "List of Fellows". 
  2. ^ Krauss, George (2005). Steels: processing, structure, and performance. ASM International. p. 219. ISBN 978-0-87170-817-5. 
  3. ^ "Awards archive". Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "List of Fellows". 
  5. ^ "List of Fellows".