John J. Jonas

professor emeritus, McGill University

John J. Jonas graduated from McGill University with a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering in 1954. He later attended Cambridge University on an Athlone Fellowship and received a Ph.D. degree in mechanical sciences in 1960. On returning to Montreal, he began teaching mechanical metallurgy at McGill and built a research laboratory. Jonas is known internationally for the groundbreaking studies that he and his students and colleagues have carried out at McGill on the hot rolling behavior of metals. Their work has resulted in major improvements in the understanding of the softening processes involved in steel processing. This has led to more accurate computer models for the control of industrial rolling mills. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Society for Metals, Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is an Honorary Member of the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan and of the Indian Institute of Metals. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993, a Chevalier of the Order of Quebec in 2000, and received the Quebec prize for science in 1995. He has served as a visiting professor in a number of countries. In 1985, Jonas was appointed to the CSIRA/NSERC Chair of Steel Processing at McGill, a position funded jointly by the Canadian Steel Industry Research Association and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He also holds the Birks Chair of Metallurgy. He and his colleagues have been granted five sets of international patents associated with steel rolling, three of which have been assigned to the sponsoring companies. Jonas served on the Quebec Science Council from 1987 to 1990, and as chairman of the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. R&D Advisory Panel in 1992 and 1993.