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Inventor of C++ wins highest accolade at IET Achievement Awards

15 November 2017


15 of the world’s top engineering and technology talent honoured with medals for services to the industry.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today named the winners of its 2017 Achievement Awards.  This year’s most prestigious award, the Faraday Medal, goes to Professor Bjarne Stroustrup for the development of C++, one of the most influential programming languages in the history of computing.

The IET Achievement Awards exist to recognise individuals from all over the world who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of engineering, technology and science in any sector. This can be through research and development in their respective technical field or through their leadership of an enterprise.

Revolutionising the software industry, C++ is used by 4.5million programmers globally and is the underlying pillar for designers, scientists, engineers and software developers to create new products and services and solve problems.

Nick Winser, IET President, said: “Professor Stroustrup is the ‘Faraday’ of object-oriented programming and his significance and impact is undeniable. It is our pleasure to award his extraordinary talent and innovation with the IET’s most prestigious medal for contribution to the advancement of our industry.”

Professor Stroustrup, said: “I am honoured and humbled to see my name among so many illustrious previous winners of the prize.  This privilege is only possible through the superb work of the C++ community.”

The IET’s Faraday Medal is a bronze medal established to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first Ordinary Meeting of the Society of Telegraph Engineers, a predecessor organisation of the IET. Dating back to 1922, it is the IET’s most prestigious award to an individual.

Professor Stroustrup joins 14 other winners, who were nominated by their peers as leading engineers and technicians in their field.

Nick Winser, IET President, concludes: “We are honoured to present these talented individuals with our top Achievement Medals. They have each excelled in their professions, whether in a short period of time or in careers spanning decades; and have made a vast contribution as pioneers of important areas in the engineering and technology industries. They should all be very proud of their achievements – with each award being extremely well-deserved.”

The Achievement Awards, which took place on Wednesday 15 November 2017, are part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which this year provided over £1million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians. All IET awards seek to inspire and reward engineering excellence, including apprentices at the start of their careers, through to reputable, established professional engineers and technicians.

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Find out more about the Awards, please visit the IET Achievement Awards website.