or nanoscale physics. Tabor’s achievements were recognized by his fellowship of the Royal Society (1963), the first Tribology Gold Medal awarded by the Tribology Trust (1972), the Guthrie Medal from the Institute of Physics (1975), and the Royal Medal awarded by the Royal Society (1992). DT was also well known and highly regarded outside the U.K., where his wide-ranging interest in other cultures and languages had facilitated contacts with tribologists worldwide. He was elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering in the United States in 1995.
DT’s son remembers him as deeply attached to traditional Judaism, which shaped and guided his exemplary conduct toward others, whatever their background or beliefs. He had a deep love of Hebrew literature and a wide range of intellectual and cultural interests. He was a devoted son, husband, and father; a loyal friend; and a wonderful role model for his sons.
He is survived by his wife, Hanna, and their two sons, Daniel and Michael.
Everyone who had the privilege of knowing David Tabor will remember him with affection as a humane, gentle, and intelligent man who inspired many generations of tribologists.