“Metal is the material of our time. It enables architecture to become sculpture; it also expresses technological possibility as well as the time-honored characteristics of quality and permanence.”
Frank O. Gehry (4)
This quotation is a categorical description of stainless steel. Superiority in mechanical properties, distinct characteristics, and variety of options make stainless steel a preeminent choice in material selection. Designers, architects, artisans and others alike have all found applications for this elemental composite. The discovery, as well as its discoverer, is as equally interesting.
Having left school at the age of twelve, Harry Brearley took up the job of a bottle washer in a Sheffield, England chemical laboratory. Through years of self-teaching, he quickly earned a reputation as an expert in the analysis of metallurgical problems. He later became known as the inventor of stainless steel.
In 1912, Brown Firth Laboratories sought to develo...