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Peter Morgan - Death of Carbon Fibre Materials Pioneer

22 August 2007

Many in the carbon fibre and composites world will be saddened to learn of the sudden death on 2 August 2007 of Peter Morgan at the age of 75.

Always a dedicated technical professional throughout his long career with Courtaulds and RK Technologies, Morgan became involved in carbon fibres from their very early beginnings in the 1960’s, and was highly influential in enabling Courtaulds to take forward the laboratory scale process, licensed from NRDC/RAE, to successful commercial production.

He was an accomplished all-round scientist with an equal grasp of carbon fibres process chemistry and composites engineering. For almost three decades at Courtaulds, Morgan played a leading role in the technical and manufacturing development of carbon fibres and also provided the core of the technological relationships that ensued with partners including Hercules (now Hexcel Fibres) in the US and Mitsubishi Rayon in Japan. In addition he was involved in establishing many of the industry standards and testing methods for carbon fibres. In 1991 he moved to RK Carbon, now SGL, where he continued to make an important contribution, both to the company’s commercial position and the wider industry, until to his retirement in 1996.

In retirement Morgan kept up to date with the industry and his book, Carbon Fibers and their Composites, published in 2005 encapsulates his great wisdom and experience in the field of carbon fibres. It is an excellent historical record and an important practical guide as well as being a thoroughly good read.

Standing 6’4”, and affectionately known as Moggy, he was never afraid to speak his mind, especially if he disagreed with a particular point of view. However this was always gently counterbalanced by a keen sense of humour and the wonderful ability not to take situations and himself too seriously. He is survived by his second wife Doris, daughter Deborah, stepson Ian and two other children, Andrew and Sally, from an earlier marriage.

Peter Ernest Morgan (1931-2007)