The European Ceramic Society


Apr 11, 2023

Obituary Professor Mike Pomeroy

It is with great sadness that we inform you that our dear friend and colleague Professor Mike Pomeroy died peacefully on March 13th.   


Mike joined the University of Limerick (UL) in 1979 as a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Materials Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Department.   In 1981 he expanded his research interests into the field of engineering ceramics, collaborating with Stuart Hampshire. He was recruited as a lecturer in Materials Science and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000.  Over the years, Mike Pomeroy lectured in a wide variety of Materials Science related subjects, specifically the areas of ceramics and glass science, failure processes including fracture mechanics, phase equilibria, surface engineering, physical metallurgy and analytical techniques. He won the University of Limerick Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994. He helped to create two successful taught MSc programmes with a strategically important materials theme.

Prof Pomeroy collaborated with many international academic institutes in Europe and his industrial collaborations led to him being named on both European and US patents. His contribution to the science of ceramics was acknowledged in 2017 by his being appointed a Fellow of the European Ceramic Society. He was a key member of the team involved in helping to establish the Materials and Surface Science Institute of UL in the late 1990s.  He was appointed Assistant Dean of Research in the College of Engineering in 2001 and served on the Governing Authority from 2014 until his retirement in 2017.

When not engaged in academic activities, Mike was a devoted carillonneur and travelled widely in pursuit of this interest.  Not surprisingly, Mike was acknowledged for his expertise in the bell-ringing community.  Mike’s many friends and colleagues will remember his generous personality, his ready smile and his dedication to the University and its students.

May he rest in peace.

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