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David Turnbull Lectureship

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The David Turnbull Lectureship recognizes the career contribution of a scientist to fundamental understanding of the science of materials through experimental and/or theoretical research. In the spirit of the life work of David Turnbull, writing and lecturing also can be factors in the selection process.

The recipient will give a technical lecture of broad appeal at a designated session of the MRS Fall Meeting, and he/she will work with the MRS Bulletin staff in preparing an appropriate article for the MRS Bulletin. In addition, the recipient will receive a travel allowance for speaking engagements throughout the year.

Submission Deadline is May 1, 2024


Nomination Information

Rules and eligibility, nomination package requirements and more are available here.


The Turnbull Lecturer will receive a $5,000 honorarium and a citation plaque. The registration fee and reasonable travel expenses to the MRS meeting at which the Turnbull Lecture is given will be reimbursed. The David Turnbull Lectureship is intended to support and enrich the materials research community, while honoring the accomplishments of an outstanding researcher and communicator.


MRS TV talks to 2023 MRS Turnbull Lecturer Mark Asta.


David Turnbull Lectureship Recipients