Harry C. Gatos


Honorary Degree (1983)
Doctor of Science
Mathers Museum Dedication
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: John William Ryan


Professor Gatos, a native of Greece, was born into a family that that placed great value on education. He received a Diploma from the University of Athens, where he served as lecturer and authored two textbooks. Gatos traveled to the U.S. to beging a Master's degree at Indiana University. In 1950, earned a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from MIT. As a Research Engineer at DuPont, his area of focus was on semiconductor materials and chemistry and physics of materials. He returned to Massachusetts in 1955 to work at Lincoln Labs, where he served as head of the Solid State Division (1964 - 65). While at Lincoln Labs, he maintained visiting faculty appointments at both MIT and at Brandeis University. In 1965, Gatos began full-time employment as an MIT faculty member and held joint appointment in the Departments of Metallurgy and Electrical Engineering, where he researched electronic materials. He was co-founder of the Materials Research Society and served as its first president from 1973 - 76. He was president of The Electrochemical Society 1967 - 68 and head of MIT's Center for Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Gatos received the ECS Acheson Award, the ECS Award in Solid State Science and Technology, and the Golden Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish People's Republic. He was elected Fellow to the National Academy of Engineering, the American Association for Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded an honorary degree from Indiana University in 1983.