Actor, director and producer Sir Patrick Stewart, whose work has included roles on stage, television and film, in a career spanning seven decades is included in the line-up, as well as Fred Mills, Founder and Managing Director of The B1M – which is the world’s largest and most subscribed-to video channel for architecture and construction with over 2 million YouTube subscribers and 20 million viewers each month.
In receiving his accolade, Sir Patrick said: “I am truly grateful to have been named an Honorary Fellow of the IET. I’ve been very honoured to have had a career in film and TV, which has exposed young people to highly creative ideas, innovative products, and technological advances.
For example, the Star Trek communicator was the forerunner to the mobile phone, the universal translator preceded Google Translate and Lieutenant Uhura was using a handsfree earpiece long before AirPods were invented!
“It’s also fantastic to know that my work has excited young people about the wonderful possibilities offered by a career in science and engineering. Engineers make an outstanding contribution to our world, and they will help shape our future and so I am particularly delighted to receive this Honorary Fellowship from the IET.”
The four Honorary Fellows for 2022 are:
- Ruth Amos in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the public understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
- Yvonne Baker OBE in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the promotion and delivery of STEM education in the UK.
- Fred Mills in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the public understanding of construction and engineering.
- Sir Patrick Stewart OBE in recognition of the inspiration given through the promotion of science and technology to future generations of engineers and technicians.
On awarding the Honorary Fellows, IET President Bob Cryan, said: “I’m delighted that the IET is marking the outstanding achievements of these distinguished individuals with one of our highest honours of Honorary Fellow.
They each have excelled in their own disciplines, made truly great contributions across our engineering profession and inspired others through their expertise, knowledge and service.
They should all be justifiably proud of their accomplishments, with each being extremely well-deserved.”