The ground-breaking chemical engineer Dr Robert Langer has been awarded the QEPrize for his revolutionary advances and leadership in engineering at the interface with chemistry and medicine.
Dr Langer was the first person to engineer polymers to control the delivery of large molecular weight drugs for the treatment of diseases such as cancer and mental illness. Over 2 billion lives have been improved worldwide by the technologies that Dr Langer’s lab has created.
The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) is an international £1 million prize that celebrates the engineers responsible for a ground-breaking innovation that has been of global benefit to humanity.
The objective of the QEPrize is to raise the public profile of engineering and to inspire young people to become engineers.
Engineering is fundamental. It tackles the big global issues; it designs our homes and creates our water, energy and communications systems; it sustains our economies. This is the real story of twenty-first century engineering. This is what the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering celebrates.
As we search for our winners, we will discover and celebrate the untold stories of engineering success and the people behind them. We will inspire a new generation of engineers to take up the challenges of the future.
Our ambitions resonate across the world because we need engineers to take on the challenges of the future. The QEPrize messages are global: engineering is an exciting and fulfilling career; engineers are at the heart of society; engineers create the future.
The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is funded by: BAE Systems, BG Group, BP, GSK, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, Nissan Motor Corporation, Siemens, Shell, Sony, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel Europe, Toshiba.
The distinguished, international panel of judges is comprised of engineers and scientists representing the diversity of the profession. Lord Alec Broers is Chairman of the 2015 Judging Panel.