Recent weeks have witnessed the announcement of the latest winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
This prestigious award is a global £1 million prize, which celebrates the achievements of engineers responsible for ground-breaking feats of innovation that are of global benefit to humanity. As such, the award is also designed to be the “Nobel prize for engineering”.
This year’s winner is Professor Robert Langer, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who was recognised for his pioneering work on drug delivery systems, microchip implants and tissue building.
Professor Langer is the head of the largest academic engineering department in the world, and to date his work has been cited over 170,000 times; making him the most cited engineer in the world.
Professor Langer is undeniably a worthy winner, and according to the BBC it’s believed that as many as 2 billion people across the world have been touched in some way by the technologies developed by him and his team.
Back in the 1970s, despite facing huge scepticism from the medical establishment, Professor Langer pioneered the design of special polymer microspheres, capable of slowly releasing medications in a controlled way in order to treat conditions such as cancer and diabetes.
More recently, Langer’s work has included the development of special implants designed to release a specific dose of a given drug over a period of years. Remarkably, these also have the potential to be controlled remotely by wireless signals.
This is only the second time that the prize has been awarded. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was created back in 2013 as a way of celebrating engineering and highlighting Britain’s pre-eminence in this important field. The previous winners of the prize were the 5 pioneers of the internet; including developer of the World Wide Web, Tim Burners Lee.
In addition to celebrating the achievements of some of the world’s most talented engineers, the prize, which is a UK initiative, was also established with the hopes of inspiring more young people to become engineers.
Here at Motion Drives and Controls, we’re proud to be a part of the engineering industry here in the UK and welcome initiatives such as this; designed to highlight the groundbreaking achievements made by engineers across the globe.
We’re suppliers of a fantastic range of engineering products, including an array of high quality Boschert devices. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 01926 411 544 and a member of our expert team will be happy to assist you with your enquiries.