Other IET Awards
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.
2018 winner: Professor William Webb BEng MBA PhD DSc DTech CEng FREng FIET FIEEE
Mountbatten Medal to Professor William Webb BEng MBA PhD DSc DTech CEng FREng FIET FIEEE. Professor Webb has made outstanding contributions to technology entrepreneurship and promotion, particularly in the field of wireless telecommunications, spectrum and 5G. He has also supported engineering career mentorships to the young. He was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies, which was subsequently sold to Huawei in 2014 for $25m. As IET President, he led initiatives to broaden the IET’s reach and make its output more relevant to the non-engineering community. He also wrote books for non-practitioners, such as the recent “Our Digital Future”. He has been instrumental in pioneering changes to radio spectrum management, from authoring the first report on the economic value of spectrum to leading UK's Ofcom as Director.
2017 winner: Professor Shuji Nakamura, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Professor in the Department of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara
|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.