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Peter Jost, (also known as Hans Peter Jost) CBE (25 January 1921 – 7 June 2016)[1] was a British mechanical engineer. He is the founder of the discipline of tribology,[2][3] the science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. In 1966, Jost published a report which highlighted the cost of friction, wear and corrosion to the UK economy (circa 1.4% of GDP).[4] It was in this report that he coined the term tribology, which has now been widely adopted.

He was educated at Liverpool Technical College and Manchester College of Technology. He began his career as an apprentice at Associated Metal Works, Glasgow. At just 29 he was general manager of international lubricants company (Trier Bros) and went on to serve as a director and chairman of several technology and engineering companies. He served on numerous industry councils, and until his death was president of the International Tribology Council and a life member of the council of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee. He was also an honorary fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institute of Materials.[5]

He was appointed a CBE in 1969, and was also honored by the heads of state of France, Germany, Poland, Austria and Japan, and in 1992 became the first honorary foreign member of the Russia Academy of Engineering. He held two honorary professorships and 11 honorary doctorates including, in January 2000, the first Millennium honorary science doctorate.[5]

He died on 7 June 2016 at the age of 95.[5] Shortly before his death he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering but he died before the Academy's AGM at which this was announced.[6]


  1. ^ "Professor H Peter Jost, CBE Authorised Biography - Debrett's People of Today". Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  2. ^ Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation (9 March 1966). "Interview with Luminary Professor H. Peter Jost - The Man who Gave Birth to the Word "Tribology"". Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Founding Father of tribology' Peter Jost wins top Academy Award - Royal Academy of Engineering". 1 October 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  4. ^ Jost, Peter (1966). "Lubrication (Tribology) - A report on the present position and industry's needs". Department of Education and Science, H. M. Stationery Office, London, UK.
  5. ^ a b c "Peter Jost, mechanical engineer – obituary". The Telegraph. 15 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Academy elects top engineers as Fellows at its 40th anniversary AGM". Retrieved 13 November 2016.