Cornell fiber scientist Jintu Fan received the Textile Institute Warner Memorial Medal for outstanding published research in textile science and technology at the institute’s world conference April 28 in Poland.
Created in 1930 in honor of Sir Frank Warner, a prominent British silk manufacturer and Textile Institute founder, the Warner Medal, given to one scholar every two years, is considered the top international prize for textile and fiber science research. The Textile Institute, inaugurated in 1910, is an international professional organization with members from more than 80 countries.
Fan, the Vincent V.C. Woo Professor and chair of the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design in the College of Human Ecology, joined Cornell in 2012 from Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow. His research focuses primarily on interactions among the human body, clothing and the environment, seeking to develop fashionable clothing with enhanced functional performance. One of his most notable innovations is Walter, a sweating fabric manikin that allows researchers to test the thermal comfort of clothing.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this honor as many of the past recipients are pioneers and highly respected scholars of the textile field,” Fan said.