Educated at Cambridge, Sheffield and Birmingham, John Campbell first trained as a physicist, then became a metallurgical engineer, but finally has spent most of his life in foundries where he thinks he has made more aluminum alloy cylinder head castings than he has had hot dinners.
He developed the Cosworth Casting Process, then a novel process making Al alloy cylinder heads and blocks for the Formula One racing engines, using counter-gravity filling of molds by electromagnetic pumps. Later still, after fifteen years as Professor of Casting Technology in the University of Birmingham, UK, he has worked for over ten years with his partner in the USA, John Grassi, to set up a new casting operation, Alotech, helping to develop the new and exciting Ablation Casting Process. He continues to work in foundries around the world, lecturing and training, solving production problems, raising quality and reducing costs.
His books ‘Complete Casting Handbook’ and ‘Mini Casting Handbook’ are essential reading!