Peter Jost

Peter Jost, (also known as Hans Peter Jost) CBE (25th January 1921 – 7th June 2016)[1] was a British mechanical engineer. He was the founder of the discipline of tribology,[2][3] the science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. In 1966, Jost published a report which highlighted the cost of friction, wear and corrosion to the UK economy (1.1-1.4% of GDP).[4] It was in this eponymous report that he coined the term tribology, which has now been widely adopted.[5]


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  4. Jost, Peter (1966). "Lubrication (Tribology) - A report on the present position and industry's needs". Department of Education and Science, H. M. Stationery Office, London, UK.
  5. Ciulli, Enrico (2019). "Tribology and Industry: From the Origins to 4.0". Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering. 5. doi:10.3389/fmech.2019.00055. ISSN 2297-3079.
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  8. "Academy elects top engineers as Fellows at its 40th anniversary AGM". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  9. "Charity Details". Retrieved 17 October 2019.

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