Dr. Irwin Lachman, is co-inventor, with Ron Lewis, of the ceramic substrate found in catalytic converters. Lachman realized ceramics could be ideally suited to meet the demands placed on a catalytic converter. The advanced ceramic composition he worked on provided superior resistance to sudden and extreme temperature fluctuations.
Dr. Lachman was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received a B.S. in ceramic engineering from Rutgers University in 1952, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from Ohio State University in 1953 and 1955. After serving with the U.S. Air Force, he worked at Thermo Materials, Inc. and the Sandia National Laboratory before joining Corning’s ceramic research department in 1960. A Corning Research Fellow, Dr. Lachman retired in 1994 and pursues his artistic interests by creating monoprints that he exhibits at galleries and in shows. In 1996 Dr. Lachman was awarded the International Ceramics Prize from the Academy of Ceramics. In 2002 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his “Anisotropic Cordierite Monolith.” And in 2005, he received the 2003 National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush.
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