The Albert Sauveur Achievement Award was established in 1934. It recognizes pioneering materials science and engineering achievements that have stimulated organized work along similar lines to such an extent that a marked basic advance has been made in the knowledge of materials science and engineering.

Dr. Sauveur, Honorary Member of ASM International, was born in Louvain, Belgium in 1863, educated at Athenee Royal, Brussels; the School of Mines, Liege and, finally, at MIT, graduating in 1889. Later he conducted his own laboratory and published the now famous Metallographist, a quarterly which carried most of the important metallographic literature of the day. In 1899, he joined the staff of Harvard University, where he established the first metallographic laboratory in any university. From 1924 until his death in 1939, he was Gordon McKay Professor of Mining and Metallurgy at Harvard. Affectionately known throughout the metallurgical world as the "dean of American metallurgists", Dr. Sauveurs pioneering work produced the first photomicrographs of steel made in the United States. His book on "Metallography and Heat Treatment of Iron and Steel", first published in 1912, was a standard textbook for a quarter of a century.

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