Dr Andrew Tinker retires as Director of Research at TARRC

Dr Andrew Tinker retires Dr Andrew Tinker retires

Dr Andrew Tinker retired on 23rd June after just over ten years as Director of Research at the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC), the UK-based laboratory of the Malaysian Rubber Board.

Dr Tinker joined TARRC in 1974 after graduating in chemistry and obtaining his PhD from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London University. He is a renowned expert in the study and development of rubber blends and thermoplastic elastomers based on natural rubber and has been responsible for the commercialisation of some of these materials. Dr Tinker headed the Exploratory Chemistry and Technology Group at TARRC for eight years and was appointed Head of the Research & Development Division in 1998 and took responsibility for the research-oriented activities of TARRC. He took the position as Director of Research in 1999. Dr Tinker is the author of over 80 technical papers, the co-editor of one book and co-inventor on four patents.

In 2004, Dr Tinker was awarded one of Malaysia’s highest awards for service to the nation. The conferment of the Johan Setia Mahkota (JSM), Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Crown, took place at the Malaysian High Commission, with the presentation by HE Dato’ Abd. Aziz Mohammed, High Commissioner of Malaysia.

This prestigious award confirmed of Dr Tinker’s scientific contribution and long-standing service to the rubber industry in Malaysia.

At a garden party in the grounds of the Research Centre on the Brickendonbury Estate, Dr Tinker was joined by his wife Geraldine and other staff members for an emotional farewell. A typical ‘English Afternoon High Tea’ was served and then followed the presentation of a framed montage of views of Brickendonbury and gifts from staff that included a hot air balloon ride. Dr Tinker gave a warm and heartfelt speech covering his early days at TARRC, his 10-year time in office as Director of Research and his fond memories of colleagues both in the UK and at TARRC’s sister laboratory in Malaysia. He wished all staff individually and collectively every success in the future, remarking on the exciting and challenging times ahead for TARRC, where continued support for the industry in Malaysia would be provided and new research areas will be expanded, particularly within the recently established biotechnology laboratory.

Dr Tinker has spent his working life living in Hertfordshire, but has now retired to his native Yorkshire, where he plans to enjoy walking in the Dales. He will not lose all contact with the rubber industry: he will be editing the planned publication to mark TARRC’s 75 th Anniversary in 2013. The book will follow the Research Centre’s two other seminal publications to mark the substantial achievements of the first 25 and 50 years, becoming essential textbooks for any polymer student. He will also remain on several influential committees associated with the rubber industry.

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