1931 - 2007

  Alfred University, Alfred, USA


Prof. Richard Spriggs was born on May 8, 1931 in the USA. He held BS, MS and PhD degrees in Ceramics and Ceramic Engineering from Penn State and The University of Illinois. Spriggs was professor emeritus of ceramic engineering at the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Prior to joining the Alfred faculty in 1987, he served as senior staff officer and staff director of the National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences, and as professor and later as vicepresident for administration at Lehigh University. He had earlier industrial experience with Avco and Ferro corporations. He also served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy after his graduation from Penn State.

A Fellow, Past President, and Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society, he received numerous honors and awards for his contributions to ceramic science, technology and education. He most recently served as a board member of the Ceramics Corridor Innovation Centers (Alfred Technology Resources Inc.) and Sugar Hill Development Corp. Spriggs was widely known over many years as an outstanding ambassador for the American Ceramic Society. Prior to retiring in 1997, he was the first John F. McMahon Professor of Ceramic Engineering, the executive director of the NYS Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology, and director of Sponsored Research Programs at the College. 

He was well-known for his kind and friendly demeanor. Richard Moore Spriggs is internationally recognized for his pioneering efforts in advanced ceramic materials-their processing, structure, and behavior. His research interests have stressed the development of an understanding of unusual processing techniques, such as hot pressing, pressure sintering, and press forging of ceramic oxides, including electronic ceramic materials. Dr. Richard M. Spriggs (Dick) of Alfred, N.Y., passed away Saturday, July 21, 2007, after battling with lung cancer.

Taken from The American Ceramic Society, MAY 28, 2013.