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Call for Nominations: IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award ( Deadline: July 31)
The IEEE Magnetics Society honors one of its outstanding members each year for his or her lifetime professional achievement. This is the highest award of the Magnetics Society and is given for scientific, technical achievements, and service to the Society. The award is presented at the INTERMAG conference each year, and consists of a diploma with citation and a cash prize.
The IEEE Magnetics Society Is awarding the 2013 Achievement Award to Dr. Michael Mallary
"for sustained contributions to thin film magnetic recording write head designs; most notably for the invention of the shielded write head structure for perpendicular recording."
Dr. Michael Mallary is well known for his contributions to magnetic recording, including modeling and designing various types of writers, including the Diamond inductive head and the shielded pole design used in perpendicular recording.
Dr. Mallary received the S.B. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in 1966, and the Ph.D. degree in Experimental High Energy Physic from the California Institute of Technology, in 1971. He was a post doctoral fellow at the Rutherford Laboratory from 1972-1974 and an Assistant Professor of physics at Northeastern University from 1974-1978. There he participated in an experiment at Fermi Laboratory that produced early evidence for the fifth quark using a 300 ton solid iron magnet. From 1978 to 1980 he worked at the Magnetic Corporation of America designing large superconducting magnets. Beginning in the early 1990s he worked for a succession of corporations including Rocky Mountain Magnetics, MKQC, Quantum, Maxtor, and Seagate. Most recently, he joined Western Digital Corporation in 2009 as a Senior Technologist working on advanced recording technologies.
In 1980 Dr. Mallary joined the Digital Equipment Corporation’s effort to produce thin film heads for disk drive recording as a head modeler and designer. Here he invented the Shielded Pole perpendicular recording head which has demonstrated superior performance over the conventional monopole head and is presently used in all disk drives. He also invented the Diamond inductive head (>40M shipped) which doubles the effective number of turns and he contributed to the theory of flux conduction in thin film heads. In the late 1990s he anticipated the gradual reduction of the bit aspect ratio of magnetic bits, showing the SNR advantage of a low bit aspect ratio.
In 2007 Dr. Mallary became an IEEE Fellow “for contributions to magnetic recording devices” and in 2009 he served the magnetics community as a Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer, presenting review of advances in magnetic recording entitled “The Evolution and Revolutions in Disk Drive Recording”. He has served at Intermag and MMM conferences on program committees over three decades. He is an inventor on 92 issued U.S. patents, 48 foreign patents and is an author of 52 publications. He authored a book on cosmology and evolution entitled “Our Improbable Universe” in 2004 and wrote the Recording Head Design chapter of “The Physics of Ultra High Density Magnetic Recording”, published in 2001.