Academy Past

List of IAWS Officers

President

  • 1966-1972 F. Kollmann
  • 1972-1975 F.E. Dickinson
  • 1975-1978 T.E. Timell
  • 1978-1981 W.E. Hillis
  • 1981-1984 W. Knigge
  • 1984-1987 W.A. Coté
  • 1987-1990 R.W. Kennedy
  • 1990-1993 T. Higuchi
  • 1993-1996 A. Björkman
  • 1996-1999 S. Chow
  • 1999-2002 T.K. Kirk
  • 2002-2005 J.R. Barnett
  • 2005-2008 X. Deglise
  • 2008-2011 F.Beall
  • 2011-2014 L.Salmén
  • 2014-2017 U. Schmitt
  • since 2017 R. Evans

Secretary

  • 1966-1969 E. Mörath
  • 1969-1971 J. Kisser
  • 1971-1978 W. Kratzl
  • first half 1979 T.E. Timell
  • 1979-1984 A. Björkman
  • 1985-1990 T.K. Kirk
  • 1990-1992 H.I. Bolker
  • 1992-1995 A. Pizzi
  • 1996-2002 F.C. Beall
  • 2002-2011 U. Schmitt
  • 2011-2014 R. Evans
  • 2014-2017 Y.S.Kim
  • since 2017 Lloyd Donaldson

Treasurer

  • 1966-1969 E. Mörath
  • 1969-1971 J. Kisser
  • 1971-1978 W. Kratzl
  • first half 1979 T.E. Timell
  • 1979-1984 A. Björkman
  • 1985-1990 T.K. Kirk
  • 1990-1992 H.I. Bolker
  • 1992-1995 A. Pizzi
  • 1996-2004 F.C. Beall
  • 2005 F.C. Beall/ H. Rosen
  • since 2006 H. Rosen

Portrait Gallery of Past Presidents

First President

Franz Kollmann

(1966-1972)

President Dickinson

(1972-1975)

President Timell

(1975-1978)

President Hillis

(1978-1981)

President Björkman

(1993-1996)

President S. Show

(1996-1999)

President Kirk

(1999-2002)

President J.R. Barnett

(2002-2005)

President Xavier Deglise

(2005-2008)

President Frank Beall

(2008-2011)

President Lennart Salmén

(2011-2014)

President Uwe Schmitt

(2014- 2017)

 

History of IAWS

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF WOOD SCIENCE


Formation of IAWS and Initial Epoch
Review prepared by Anders Björkman, Fellow 1971 and Secretary/Treasurer 1980-1984, V. President, President, Past President 1990-1999.

INTRODUCTION

When it became obvious (in the 1970s) that I was to succeed Professor Karl Kratzl as Secretary/Treasurer of IAWS, I paid him a visit at the (then) Permanent Secretariat in Vienna. My intention was to become more familiar with the operations of the Academy. In our discussion we agreed that Professor Kratzl would send to me the IAWS' archive after his resignation. This was done by sending two big wooden cases, which were kept in the basement of my institute at the Danish Technical University until 2002, when I began to examine their contents.
I discarded a lot routine correspondence, which did not give any useful information about the activities of the Academy. I also disposed of extensive material relating to the nomination and election of new Fellows, which in my opinion would never be referred to again. A Fellow once elected remains a Fellow, and it is unlikely that anyone would wish to re-examine these documents.
This removal of the insignificant parts of the Vienna archive reduced the volume, substantially, but it required much additional work to arrange the remaining material in a chronological order. As a general rule I have endeavoured to present the events year by year, though many matters involved several successive years, while other matters cannot be related chronologically.
The Academy was established on June 2nd, 1966. The actions leading up to this event are summarized as pre-1966 activities. Unfortunately the archive material from before 1964 is particularly heterogeneous and incomplete so some information is missing.