Professor David Hills
Honorary Doctorate - 1990
David Hill studied metallurgy at Cambridge before going on to become a graduate apprentice in the steel industry in Sheffield. At the end of his apprenticeship, he returned to London to the Metallurgy Department of Imperial College as student, lecturer and then as John Percy Research Fellow in Process Metallurgy.
In 1970 David was offered the Headship of the well established Metallurgy Department at Sheffield Polytechnic, offering an exciting opportunity to direct the work of a Department strongly orientated towards industry.
In 1989 David retired from the Polytechnic and spent a few years as a minor consultant to the steel industry, before building up a major role advising Government and the Technology Strategy Board on research in the area of materials.
In 1993 he took on a consultancy post to assist the Department for Trade and Industry with the privatisation of government research laboratories. He is still a member of the voluntary committee that advises the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills on research in materials metrology and also works as an industrial consultant and visiting lecturer around the world.