£1m engineering prize launched
A £1 million engineering award which it is hoped will rival the Nobel Prizes is being launched.
The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering will be awarded every two years for a "groundbreaking advance in engineering which has led to significant international public benefit".
The Royal Academy of Engineering will deliver the accolade, which will be overseen by a charitable trust headed by former BP chief executive Lord (John) Browne.
He said today: "Engineering underpins every aspect of our lives. As the bridge between scientific discovery and commercial application, engineering feeds and clothes us and enables us to work, travel and communicate.
"But too often the engineers behind the most brilliant innovations remain hidden. The Queen Elizabeth Prize aims to change that."
The award, funded by firms including defence giant BAE Systems, oil producer Shell and drugs company GlaxoSmithKline, will be launched at the Science Museum in London.
Trustees believe it will inspire youngsters to study engineering and generate pioneering new ideas. The prize, the world's biggest, will be given to an individual or team of up to three people after deliberations by an international judging panel of experts.
Prime Minister David Cameron hoped the award would "carry the same stature as the Nobel Prizes" .
He said: "High-skilled, high-value manufacturing and engineering should be a central part of our long-term future. I hope this prize will go some way to inspire and excite young people about engineering, so they dream of becoming engineers as they once did in the age of Stephenson and Brunel."
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