1925 – 2017

RCS Technologies Inc, Research Triangle Park, USA


Prof. Hayne E. Palmour III (1925 – 2017 ) was North Carolina State University Professor Emeritus of Ceramic Engineering, attended the Georgia School of Technology, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Ceramic Engineering in 1948. In 1950, he earned his M.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering from North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University) in 1961. Palmour held several different positions in government and industry before becoming an instructor of ceramic engineering in the Department of Mineral Industries at North Carolina State College in 1958. In 1961 he became a Research Engineer with the N.C. State College Department of Engineering Research and in 1965 he was made a Research Professor with the Department of Engineering Research, North Carolina State University, and a Professor of Ceramic Engineering, Department of Materials Engineering, in 1981. During his 37 years at North Carolina State University, Palmour was active as a researcher, educator, advisor, administrator, and as a Faculty Senator. Palmour’s pioneering work in sintering and ceramics technology helped put the Ceramics Engineering program at North Carolina State University at the forefront of academic and governmental research. Palmour was active in scientific and professional societies, including the American Ceramic Society, of which he was named a Fellow in 1965; National Institute of Ceramic Engineers; Keramos (Ceramic Professional Fraternity); the Society of the Sigma Xi; Phi Kappa Phi; and the International Institute for the Science of Sintering. Additionally Palmour was the recipient of the Governor’s Award of Excellence, the Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award, John Marquis Award, 1987, and the Frenkel Prize (for extraordinary contributions in the field of sintering). In 1999, he was inducted into Georgia Institute of Technology’s Engineering Hall of Fame. He died peacefully at age of 91, on January 19, 2017.