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NEWS: 2013 Tribology Gold Medal Winner Announced

The World’s Highest Award in Tribology, the Science of Friction and Wear, the Tribology Gold Medal for 2013, has been conferred on Professor Jacob Israelachvili FRS FAA NAE NAS in recognition of his outstanding contribution to tribology, in particular for his understanding of its molecular origins and tribological processes.

After school in Brighton (England) Professor Israelachvili went to Cambridge where he obtained 1st class honours degrees and thereafter his PhD.  Over the next decades he was active at the University of Canberra and Santa Barbara, California.

Professor Israelachvili is a world leader in the areas of measurements and understanding of surface forces and their relevance to tribology.  His work includes normal and frictional forces between and including inorganic, organic and biological surfaces.

He is recognised as one of the most outstanding and influential tribologist in the world.

For further information, contact Tribology Trust, Angel Lodge Chambers

57 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6DU (Tel:  0203 213 1030 Email:  hpjost@btconnect.com)


The International Tribology Council is an international organisation of Tribology Societies, Groups and Associations.
ITC is a Corresponding Member of UNESCO

Objectives are:

  1. To maintain a live continuous contact between tribology and kindred societies and groups anywhere in the world.

  2. To facilitate tribology and kindred societies and groups to keep each other informed of their activities, in particular of their forward programmes.

  3. To ensure that its international congresses are arranged at agreed intervals; however, the organisation of such congresses to be conducted by the respective Host Society or Societies.

  4. To facilitate exchange of views, comments and opinions on tribological matters between member societies and groups.

  5. To advise and assist - where requested - in the founding of tribology societies in countries where such societies do not exist.

  6. To assist through international co-operation in matters connected with tribology science, technology and education.

  7. To undertake such other actions within the field of tribology science, technology and education, whether pure or applied, which at least three-quarters of all members groups or societies desire it to do.


The international Tribology Council is non-commercial and non-political. Members cover all disciplines.