11 April 2011

Longest serving member to be recognised by IChemE


A new prize in memory of former IChemE president and longest-serving member, the late Sir Frederick Warner, will be presented for the first time this year.

The biennial Sir Frederick Warner Prize includes a £1000 cash prize and will be presented to an individual in the early stages of their career that has shown exceptional promise in the field of sustainable chemical process technology, nuclear technology or in making chemical engineering more accessible to a wider scientific community.

IChemE ceo David Brown hails the prize as a fitting tribute to one of chemical engineering’s most dominant figures:  “Sir Frederick was an extraordinary individual whose vision and determination is sadly missed throughout the engineering community, I know he would have approved of this accolade and it ties in perfectly with his ethos of working for his grandchildren.”

Sir Frederick joined IChemE in 1936, making him the institution’s longest-serving member. He sat on its council from 1948-50, became honorary secretary in 1953, and held the presidency from 1966-67. He was also a founding member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, elected to the Royal Society in 1976, and knighted for services to chemical engineering in 1968.

Sir Frederick was instrumental in the formation of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the creation of the chemical engineering consultancy Cremer & Warner and the investigation of Chernobyl.  He was presented with a range of awards and prizes during his distinguished career including the Royal Society’s Leverhulme medal (1978) and Buchanan medal (1982), the Rhineland Prize for Environmental Protection (1984) and the Gerard Piel Award for Service to Science in the Cause of Man (1991).

Nominations of no more than 600 words should be made in writing and submitted to medals@icheme.org  no later than 31 May 2011. The inaugural prize presentation will take place later this year and the successful candidate will also be expected to deliver a related presentation to an audience of invited guests upon receipt of the prize.

The prize is sponsored by URS Corporation and the winner will be determined by the IChemE awards committee in conjunction with the relevant Subject Groups.

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