Internet and Web pioneers win the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
Five engineers who created the Internet and the World Wide Web have together won the inaugural £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for their innovations, which have revolutionised the way we communicate and enabled the development of whole new industries.
Today a third of the world’s population use the Internet and it is estimated to carry around 330 Petabytes of data per year, enough to transfer every character ever written in every book ever published 20 times over.
The winners are Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf and Louis Pouzin for their contributions to the protocols that make up the fundamental architecture of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee who created the World Wide Web and Marc Andreessen who wrote the Mosaic browser.
The announcement was made by Lord Browne of Madingley in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 18 March 2013. The winners will come to London in June for the formal presentation of the prize by Her Majesty The Queen.
QEPrize announcement date – Monday 18th March
The winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering will be announced on Monday 18th March 2013. The announcement, at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, will be attended by HRH The Princess Royal.
Nominations for the prize closed in September 2012 and we are currently in the middle of an extensive judging process which will culminate in a final meeting in March. We are delighted that our distinguished panel of judges have been highly impressed with the quality of nominations.
We would like to offer our thanks to everyone who has been involved and we look forward to the announcement.
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Trophy Prize Winner Announced
The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering today announced the winner of its competition to design the trophy for the international award. Following an overwhelming response from young people across the UK, 17 year-old Jennifer Leggett from Sevenoaks in Kent was named the winner at a special event at the Science Museum in London on Wednesday evening where she was presented with a GBP5000 prize.
Her design was selected from a shortlist by a prestigious judging panel that included Science Museum director and Chair of judges, Ian Blatchford; architect Dame Zaha Hadid; Director of the Tate, Sir Nicholas Serota Design Museum director, Deyan Sudjic; and Engineer, Yewande Akinola.
Jennifer is one of ten young designers, all aged between 16 and 22, who were selected as finalists for the prize. She is currently studying for her A-Levels and says her tree-like trophy design is meant to symbolise the growth of engineering and represents the way in which all areas of engineering are interlinked.
After receiving the award, Jennifer said “It’s amazing to have won this competition. It’s been incredible to see how all the shortlisted designs each managed to show the connection between engineering and art whilst all being so different.”
Chairman of the QE Prize Trustees, Lord Browne of Madingley said, “I am delighted that so many young people were inspired by this unique challenge. The winning design captures the essential relationship between engineering and the natural world and is a fitting symbol for the Queen Elizabeth Prize”.
Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum and former deputy director of the V&A, said “We set a challenge for young people to come up with an iconic trophy design that best embodies the wonder of modern engineering and reflects the merging worlds of science, art, design and engineering. Jennifer has shown real imagination and talent - all the judges were enormously impressed with her design.”