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Memorial Tributes, Volume 14
and earned him worldwide recognition as “Mr. Dislocations.” He stayed at General Electric until 1960, leaving to become a professor of engineering at Brown University. In 1963 he transferred to the University of Illinois to become professor of physics and metallurgy. After five years, Gilman left academia and joined the Allied Chemical Corporation as director of the Materials Research Center. At Allied Chemical he made significant contributions to the development and application of metallic glasses. He became director of the Corporate Development Center at Allied Chemical in 1978, leaving in 1980 to become manager of corporate research at Standard Oil Company in Indiana. From 1981 to 1985 he was vice president and director of the Amoco Battery Technology Company. From management of industrial research, Jack moved West in 1985 to become director of the Center for Advanced Materials at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California in Berkeley. Two years later, after two decades in administrative and management positions in industry and academia, Jack Gilman returned to his first love—fundamental research in materials science. He stayed on at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory as a senior scientist, studying the relation between crystalline structure and mechanical properties of solids. In 1993 he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA as an adjunct professor.
Professor Gilman was a remarkable person not only for his great contributions to scientific understanding of the mechanical properties of all types of materials but also for his ability to successfully manage industrial research and perform outstanding individual research simultaneously. He had continued to contribute scientific papers based on his own theoretical research on materials science while he was a senior manager in industry. And he was publishing papers on management as well! He published over 330 papers of which 73 are on industrial management. Some examples of these papers are: “What Do Good Research Organizations and Good Jazz Combos Have in Common?” (Material Technology, vol. 11, pp. 70-72, 1996); “Six Management Routes to More Productive Research” (Material Technology, vol. 9, pp. 129-131, 1994); and