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The Mountbatten Medal
is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution, or contributions over a period, to the promotion of electronics or information technology and their application.
The Medal was established by the National Electronics Council in 1992 and named after The Earl Mountbatten of Burma
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas George Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, PC, FRS , was a British statesman and naval officer, and an uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh...
, the first Chairman of the Council.
The medal may be awarded only to UK residents, or international residents who have accomplished achievements of benefit to the UK.
Contributions can be within the spheres of science, technology, industry or commerce and in the dissemination of understanding of electronics and information technology, whether to young people, or adults.
The Mountbatten Medal Advisory Panel, comprising the Presidents of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
The Institution of Engineering and Technology is a British professional body for those working in engineering and technology in the United Kingdom and worldwide. It was formed in 2006 from two separate institutions: the Institution of Electrical Engineers , dating back to 1871, and the...
, the British Computer Society
The British Computer Society, is a professional body and a learned society that represents those working in Information Technology in the United Kingdom and internationally...
and the Royal Academy of Engineering
-Overview: is the UK’s national academy of engineering. The Academy brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering....
, meets in June, each year, to consider nominations for the Mountbatten Medal and to agree two names to be put before HRH The Duke of Kent
The Duke of Kent graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 29 July 1955 as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Scots Greys, the beginning of a military career that would last over 20 years. He was promoted to captain on 29 July 1961. The Duke of Kent saw service in Hong Kong from 1962–63...
, who then makes the final decision.
Criteria for Award
In selecting a winner, the Panel give particular emphasis to:
- the stimulation of public awareness of the significance and value of electronics;
- spreading recognition of the economic significance of electronics and IT, and encouraging their effective use throughout industry in general;
- encouraging excellence in product innovation and the successful transition of scientific advances to wealth-creating products;
- recognising brilliance in academic and industrial research;
- encouraging young people of both sexes to make their careers in the electronics and IT industries;
- increasing the awareness of the importance of electronics and IT amongst teachers and others in the educational disciplines.
The Medal recipients to date have been :
- 2009 David Ogden
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- 2008 Kevin Warwick
Kevin Warwick is a British scientist and professor of cybernetics at the University of Reading, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom...
- 2007 Andrew Blake
Andrew Blake, FREng, FRS, is a British scientist, Managing Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh, and a leading researcher in computer vision.-Career:...
- 2006 John Leighfield
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- 2005 Sir David Brown
- 2004 Andy Hopper
Andrew Hopper CBE FRS FREng FIET is the Professor of Computer Technology and Head of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge.-Research:...
- 2001 David Payne
- 2000 Hermann Hauser
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- 1999 Steve Shirley
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- 1998 J D Rhodes
- 1997 Tom Kilburn
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and Maurice Wilkes
- 1996 Tim Berners-Lee
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- 1995 Peter Bonfield
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- 1994 David Potter
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- 1993 W A Gambling
- 1992 Ernest Harrison
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