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Ed Ginzel
R & D, -
Materials Research Institute, Canada, Joined Nov 1998, 1254

Ed Ginzel

R & D, -
Materials Research Institute,
Canada,
Joined Nov 1998
1254
12:05 Feb-17-2014
Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014

Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014

Michael Moles, a long-time member of the NDT community, died of cancer, 13 February 2014 in Toronto.

Born in the UK, Michael was educated at the University of Cambridge (PhD Physical Metallurgy 1972). He completed an M.B.A. from McMaster University in 1984 and was a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. From 1972 until 1974 Michael worked in Zambia then moved to Canada in 1975. From 1977 until 1996 Michael worked for Ontario Hydro Research Division where he held a variety of positions in the NDE department including research scientist and acting Section Head. From 1997 until 2013 he was with Olympus NDT (formerly R/D Tech).

Over his nearly 40 year career in NDT, Michael contributed over 150 technical papers and reports at conferences and invited presentations. He was a technical editor of several books including the English translation of the Japanese Tip Echo Handbook, First edition by Prof. Harumi in 1989, Introduction to Phased Array Technology Applications by R/D Tech, 2004, Automated Ultrasonic Testing for Pipeline Girth Welds, by Ed Ginzel, 2006, Advances in Phased Array Ultrasonic Technology Applications, Olympus NDT, 2007 and IIW handbook on “Phased Arrays for Weld Inspections”, 2012.

Dr. Moles was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, where he co-supervised students working on accurate crack sizing using digital signal processing. He was also a co-instructor on a graduate course on advanced ultrasonic inspection techniques.

Michael will be remembered as an active and enthusiastic member of the NDT community. His memberships included ASME, ASTM, AWS, ASNT and CINDE. He was a committee member with several organisations working on ultrasonic testing.

Since 2005, Michael - www.ndt.net/myndt/profile.php?id=2302 - was an active contributor to NDT.net, with 46 papers that he has authored or co-authored as well as the much-viewed webinar on the forum on the “Benefits of phased array for weld inspection” www.ndt.net/forum/thread.php?nc=1&rootID=31269

Michael was a man who valued fairness. He was an egalitarian at heart and would often support the underdog, even taking on minor crusades against the “system” and its perceived inequalities. He was always ready to lend a helping hand as seen by his numerous contributions to the NDT.net forum.
Michael Moles will be missed by all of us in the NDT community, a community that he was such a vibrant part of.

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Rolf Diederichs
Director,
NDT.net, Germany, Joined Nov 1998, 605

Rolf Diederichs

Director,
NDT.net,
Germany,
Joined Nov 1998
605
12:47 Feb-17-2014
Re: Obituary -  Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).








The video shows only 5 minutes of the talk.

[5' video - 45 MB mp4]


[Paper and Powerpoint]



Ed,

Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful rememberance of Michael. And especially for including some of his activities here in NDT.net.

I personally met Michael the last time at the WCNDT 2012 in Durban and I feel now lucky that I recorded a video of one of his presentations, at least partially.

Michael, you will be greatly missed and not forgotten.

Rolf
    
 
 
Stan
NDT Inspector,
Canada, Joined Jan 2009, 31

Stan

NDT Inspector,
Canada,
Joined Jan 2009
31
13:33 Feb-17-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).

Thanks for this obituary Ed.
I met Michael a couple of times, had a few email conversations with him and read several of his papers. His knowledge and insight around ultrasonics and especially phased array will be missed.
Mt condolences to his family and friends
Stan

    
 
 
Joe Buckley
Consultant, ASNT L-III, Honorary Secretary of BINDT
Level X NDT, BINDT, United Kingdom, Joined Oct 1999, 520

Joe Buckley

Consultant, ASNT L-III, Honorary Secretary of BINDT
Level X NDT, BINDT,
United Kingdom,
Joined Oct 1999
520
14:06 Feb-17-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).

Ed

Many Thanks for posting this, I was really sorry to hear about Michael's death, He has been a friend for many years. A couple of years back I had the honour of preparing his citation for the BINDT Nemet Prize, which we awarded for his long contribution in advancement of NDT. I had a long talk about his background, and learnt much impressed me even more.

I last saw Michael and his wife in Brazil last year, at the time it seemed like he was getting better, a great shame this was not the case.

In our industry he was one of the greats. He will be sadly missed.

    
 
 
Danfer De la cruz
Engineering
Peru, Joined Jun 2009, 11

Danfer De la cruz

Engineering
Peru,
Joined Jun 2009
11
14:54 Feb-17-2014
Re: Obituary -  Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).

Thanks for this obituary Mr. Ed.
I read several of his papers. His knowledge and insight around ultrasonics and phased array will be missed.
Good by Mr. Moles.

Danfer De la Cruz.
Lima - Peru.

    
 
 
Farhang Honarvar
Other, Professor
K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran, Joined Aug 2010, 3

Farhang Honarvar

Other, Professor
K. N. Toosi University of Technology,
Iran,
Joined Aug 2010
3
15:06 Feb-17-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).


Dear Ed,

It is very sad to hear that Michael has passed away. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to you and other friends and his family. He was a very nice man and I always enjoyed working and discussing with him. May his soul rest in peace.

Farhang

    
 
 
Manuel Haces
Director, - Wire rope inspection
Haces Inspección del Noreste and Wire Rope Inspection, Mexico, Joined Jun 2002, 122

Manuel Haces

Director, - Wire rope inspection
Haces Inspección del Noreste and Wire Rope Inspection,
Mexico,
Joined Jun 2002
122
16:20 Feb-17-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).

Sorry for such notice. May he rest in peace.

    
 
 
Nigel Armstrong
Engineering, - Specialist services
United Kingdom, Joined Oct 2000, 1096

Nigel Armstrong

Engineering, - Specialist services
United Kingdom,
Joined Oct 2000
1096
17:05 Feb-17-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Manuel Haces at 16:20 Feb-17-2014 .

Its very sad and a great loss for Michael's family, friends, colleagues, the NDT and the wider engineering communities he served so diligently. However his good name and his body of work which contributed enormously to the technical advances made in NDT will endure and continue to inform and inspire many people now and in the future.

Michael Moles I salute you and mourn your passing.g

Nigel Armstrong

    
 
 
Jim Yukes
Consultant
Canada, Joined Aug 2005, 11

Jim Yukes

Consultant
Canada,
Joined Aug 2005
11
18:50 Feb-17-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).

Thank you for posting Michael's obituary. I passed it on to the IPEIA committee in Alberta where Michael has made presentations in the past. He will certainly be missed there.

Jim Yukes

    
 
 
P V SASTRY
R & D, NDT tecniques metallurgy
TAKEN VRS FROM THE POSITION OF SR. DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER BHEL CORPORATE R&D, India, Joined Jan 2003, 195

P V SASTRY

R & D, NDT tecniques metallurgy
TAKEN VRS FROM THE POSITION OF SR. DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER BHEL CORPORATE R&D,
India,
Joined Jan 2003
195
17:39 Feb-18-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).

Thanks for posting this obituary.

I do not know Mr. Michael personally but I keep seeing his mails in the NDT forum.

It is indeed a sad loss not only to his family and friends but particularly to the NDT community.

I had a chance to see the R/D Tech Phased Array equipment and technology some time around the year 2000 and I was impressed by the advancements they have made at that time and I am sure that Mr. Michael had an important contribution in it.

I pray that his soul shall rest in piece and wish fortitude to his family and friends to bear with the loss.

P V SASTRY

    
 
 
Phil Herman
Sales, - Manufacture of NDT Reference Standards/Test Blocks
PH Tool Reference Standards, USA, Joined Oct 1999, 79

Phil Herman

Sales, - Manufacture of NDT Reference Standards/Test Blocks
PH Tool Reference Standards,
USA,
Joined Oct 1999
79
00:42 Feb-19-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).

I was saddened to hear the news of our friend Michael's passing. I always enjoyed Michael's zest for life and his unselfish willingness to share his expertise with others. He was a gentle man who will be missed. Sincere condolences to his family.

    
 
 
Jackie Berry
Jackie Berry
11:50 Feb-25-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).

I was so sad to hear the news. I have known Michael for many years and always found him a true gentleman. I last met up with him in Brazil in June last year.

He will leave a huge hold to fill in the NDT world.

Please send my condolences to his family and friends

Jackie Berry
Silverwing UK Ltd (and ex Technology Design)

    
 
 
S R G PRABHU
Consultant, AUT specialist
FREELANCE, India, Joined Aug 2008, 63

S R G PRABHU

Consultant, AUT specialist
FREELANCE,
India,
Joined Aug 2008
63
11:43 Mar-04-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).

I am shocked to hear the news about the sudden passing away of Mr.Moles.I have not had a chance to meet him but have read his postings and its a great loss not only for his family and friends and students,colleagues, but for us, the numerous NDT.net members who have been benefited by his knowledge.
Like Nigel said,I can only salute him.....thank you very much Dr.Michael Moles....

    
 
 
Bob Scholes
Bob Scholes
01:14 Mar-05-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).

Very sad news.

Michael was one of the pillars of the NDT community who will be sadly missed.

I had the privilege of working along side Michael in my days with RD Tech and later Olympus NDT. He was a champion, worthy of the highest praise. I remember our days in Berlin and I will toast you in our usual way. Cheers Michael, and God Bless.

    
 
 
Csaba Hollo
,
Retired, Canada, Joined Feb 2010, 301

Csaba Hollo

,
Retired,
Canada,
Joined Feb 2010
301
19:49 Mar-05-2014
Re: Obituary - Michael D.C. Moles 1948-2014
In Reply to Ed Ginzel at 12:05 Feb-17-2014 (Opening).

Thanks, Ed.

You summed up the man quite eloquently. The few times I have had a chance to cross paths with Michael were cherished indeed.

He will be missed.

RIP

    
 
 

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