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Mountbatten Medal


The Medal was founded by the National Electronics Council in 1992 and named after The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the first Chairman of the Council. 

The Mountbatten Medal celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding contribution, over a period of time, to the promotion of electronics or information technology and their application. Contributions can be within the spheres of science, technology, industry or commerce and in the dissemination of the understanding of electronics and information technology, whether to young people, or adults.


Recipients of the award are chosen by the IET Awards and Prizes Committee and are endorsed  by the IET Knowledge Management Board.


The winner of the Mountbatten Medal is invited to attend the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony, which is held in November each year, to receive the Medal and sign the Mountbatten album.


In selecting a winner, the panel gives 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.

Background information on the Mountbatten Medal can be found in the Fact Sheet.


How to nominate 

Nominations can be made by clicking onto the online nomination form on the right hand side. We welcome nominations for women and men from around the world whose achievements have conferred great benefit on the UK and its people. You do not need to be an IET Member to make a nomination or be nominated.


Please note only one nomination is required per candidate and self-nominations will not be accepted.


2017 winner

Image of Shuji Nakamura   The Mountbatten Medal is awarded to Professor Shuji Nakamura, Nobel Laureate in Physics, member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), National Academy of Inventors (NAI), and National Inventor’s Hall of Fame (NIHF), Millennium Technology Prize Recipient, The Cree Chair in Solid State Lighting & Displays and Professor in the Department of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Nakamura pioneered the development of blue LEDs and lasers using novel InGaN growth processes, enabling the commercialization high-efficiency low-power white light sources, reducing the world's carbon footprint. Professor Nakamura’s inventions have been recognized worldwide for their innovation and commercial impact.
Professor Nakamura received the Nobel Prize for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.

2016 winner

Image of Professor Jean Armstrong BSc MSc PhD FIEEE FIEAust MIET   Professor Jean Armstrong BSc MSc PhD FIEEE FIEAust MIET, Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University Australia was awarded the Mountbatten Medal in recognition of her research which has had a major influence on both optical and wireless communications and has led to many very highly cited papers and commercialised patents. As an educator, she has been an innovative adopter of new technologies and has led major curriculum reforms at three universities. She has worked to encourage young women and remove the barriers that she herself encountered; her research and contributions to women in engineering have led to both national and international awards.
Professor Armstrong will receive her medal at the IET Mountbatten Lecture on 21 March 2017 at IET London: Savoy Place.

2015 winner

Image of Alan Finkel  

Dr Alan Finkel AM PhD FTSE FIEASUT FIEEE, Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, was awarded the Mountbatten Medal in recognition of his research in science and engineering, technical and academic leadership, entrepreneurship and philanthropy and dedication to science and engineering education.  Dr Finkel represents a rare combination of outstanding technical leader, entrepreneur, highly successful scientist and research engineer, dedicated supporter of education and philanthropist.

See also

Previous winners from 1992 to the present day.


Biography of Lord Mountbatten (1900 - 1979)

Image of Lord Mountbatten, Louis of Battenberg Louis of Battenberg, the great grandson of Queen Victoria, and second cousin of George V, was born in Windsor, England, on 25th June, 1900.  His father, Prince Louis of Battenberg, had been born in Austria.  As a result of the anti-German feelings in Britain during the First World War the family changed its name from Battenberg to Mountbatten.

Mountbatten was educated at Osborne and Dartmouth Royal Naval College (1913-16).

He joined the Royal Navy and during the war he served on board Lion and Elizabeth.  Mountbatten remained in the Royal Navy and on the outbreak of the Second World War was captain of the destroyer Kelly. He saw action during the Norwegian campaign and the ship was sunk off Crete on 23rd May 1940 with the loss of 130 men. Winston Churchill appointed Mountbatten head of Combined Operations Command on 27th October 1941. He launched a series of commando raids including the disastrous Dieppe Raid in August 1942. The decision by Churchill to promote Mountbatten to Vice Admiral, Lieutenant General and Air Marshal ahead of older and more experienced men upset senior officers in the military establishment.

In October 1943 Churchill appointed Mountbatten as head of the Southeast Asia Command (SEAC). Working closely with General William Slim, Mountbatten directed the liberation of Burma and Singapore.  In 1947 Clement Attlee selected Mountbatten as Viceroy of India and he oversaw the creation of the independent states of India and Pakistan.  Mountbatten returned to service at sea and as Fourth Sea Lord was Commander of the Mediterranean Fleet (1952-55). He was also First Sea Lord (1955-59) and Chief of Defence Staff (1959-65). Louis Mountbatten was murdered by an IRA bomb while sailing near his holiday home in County Sligo, Ireland, on 27th August, 1979.


Key dates


Nominations close on 18 May 2018, 17:00 (BST).


IET Achievement Awards:
14 November 2018, 13:00 (GMT)


Submit an online nomination

2018 online submission form

Related links

Candidate criteria guidance (PDF)



IET Achievement Medals leaflet (PDF)

Mountbatten Medal fact sheet (PDF)


See also

Previous winners