It is an unusual privilege for us to assist in preparing this special issue of Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A. The subject matter, which is self-evident, was proposed by Prof. Tony Kelly following the successful meeting on composite materials at Queens' College, Cambridge, in 2013, the purpose of which was to mark the 85th birthday of Tony. It is with sadness that Tony died during the preparation of this Royal Society meeting. His innovative contributions to materials in general and composite materials in particular were enormous, recognized and justly rewarded with the highest accolades in science and engineering. Tony's brilliance, enthusiasm, unquenched intellectual curiosity and vision are inspirational as we shall see throughout the pages of this special issue, which we dedicate to him.
Prof. Tony Kelly CBE FRS (1929–2014)
During the banquet of the Cambridge meeting, Tony Kelly said a few words: “I have enjoyed for many years the good fortune that has enabled me to mix in all cadres of society and helped me to clearly see my own activities in the context of those of my colleagues at the time. We must all look outward and share information to mutual benefit, while recognising clearly and acknowledging the contribution each individual makes. I am, of course, grateful to all who participated in this venture, to those who presented at Cambridge, to those who assisted by Cambridge, to those who assisted by their presence, to those who wished me well in my 85th year, and to those who may go on to speak at a future Royal Society meeting”.
Cambridge, February 2016
Manchester, February 2016
One contribution of 22 to a Theo Murphy meeting issue ‘Multiscale modelling of the structural integrity of composite materials’.
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