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World leading engineers win at IET Achievement Awards

The IET Achievement Awards highlight individuals from all over the world who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of engineering, technology and science, recognising their significant achievements and commending the talents of outstanding apprentices, students and young professionals.

Sir Peter Knight FRS received the prestigious Faraday Medal for his outstanding contribution in the field of quantum engineering. He had a pivotal role in conceiving, designing and delivering the National Quantum Technologies Programme has put the UK quantum science and engineering at the front of the global race to establish the second information revolution.

On winning the award, Sir Peter said: “I was astonished as I had no idea I had been nominated for this extremely prestigious technology award. My first reaction was “who me??” and my second reaction was how pleased that an emergent technology, such as quantum, has been recognised – and how the community I am part of will appreciate how the IET has noted how research is being exploited to realise devices of economic and strategic importance. This is an award for the whole team, I feel.”

Dr Irwin Jacobs was awarded the Mountbatten Medal for his pioneering work on mobile broadband telecommunications, which brought smartphone technology to the world. His leadership has further enabled higher-speed 4G mobile connectivity and multi-functionality in smartphones, benefiting many sectors of society.

Other top winners of the prestigious medals include Marcus Burton who won the Mensforth Gold Medal for Manufacturing for his significant contributions in overseeing major developments in machine tool technology. Professor Chenming Hu was awarded the J J Thomson Medal for Electronics for his fundamental contribution to microelectronics including the invention of 3D FinFET transistors.

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, IET President, said: “We are honoured to present these talented individuals with our top Achievement Medals. They have each excelled in their professions and have made a vast contribution as pioneers of important areas in engineering and technology industries. They should all be very proud of their achievements – with each award being extremely well-deserved.”

All the winners were nominated by their peers as leading engineers and technicians in their field and the winners are chosen by the IET Awards and Prizes Committee.

The IET provides over £1,000,000 per annum in awards, prizes and scholarships, to celebrate excellence and innovation in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.

Find out more about the IET Achievement Awards.