Dr. David Robert Gaskell, former professor of metallurgy and materials science in Penn engineering, died on April 7 at the age of 73.
Dr. Gaskell was born in Glasgow, Scotland, graduated with a BSc from The Royal College of Science and Technology in 1962 and earned his PhD from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, in 1967.
His first faculty position was at Penn as associate professor of metallurgy in materials science and engineering, 1967-1982. Dr. Gaskell held a secondary appointment as associate professor of geology, 1977-1982. At the time he left Penn he had been promoted to professor of metallurgy and materials science. He accepted a position in 1982, which he held until the time of his death, as professor of materials engineering at Purdue University. He contributed to journals, conference proceedings and was the author of the textbooks Introduction to Metallurgical Thermodynamics, An Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Materials and An Introduction to Transport Phenomena in Materials Engineering.
He was a member of the Metallurgical Society of AIME, Alpha Sigma Mu, the Extraction and Processing Division Congress, the Iron and Steel Society Transactions International Advisory Board, the Executive Steering Council, Indiana Industries of the Future Project, and the Indiana Business Modernization and Technology Corporation. Dr. Gaskell was also named as the Iron and Steel Society Elliott Memorial Lecturer in 2000.
He is survived by Sheena Gaskell; a daughter, Sarah; two sons, Kurt
and Andrew; his sister, Jilly Hazeldine.