Born in White Plains, New York in 1930, George Smith was headed for the US Navy after graduating high school. Not ready to leave education completely, however, he decided to take a maths course while stationed at an air base in Miami.
After serving as a meteorologist with the Navy for four years, and with the financial support of the GI Bill of Rights, he successfully applied to study physics at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with honours in 1955. He went on to gain a Master’s degree and later a PhD in physics from the University of Chicago.
It was post university as a young researcher working at the famous Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, however, that Smith really made his mark.
Four engineers responsible for the creation of digital imaging sensors were yesterday honoured with the world’s most prestigious engineering prize. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a £1million prize, celebrating world-changing engineering innovations.
Eric Fossum (USA), George Smith (USA), Nobukazu Teranishi (Japan) and Michael Tompsett (UK) were announced as the winners by Lord Browne of Madingley, in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, at the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Jeffrey Karp is at the forefront of a new generation of scientists using nature’s blueprints to create breakthrough medical technologies. Can bioinspiration help to solve some of humanity’s most urgent problems? by Laura Parker
In the summer of 2005, Jeffrey Karp, a bioengineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was working late one night when he spotted a journal article on a colleague’s desk. What caught his eye was not the text itself, but the full-page colour illustration of Spider-Man that accompanied it. Intrigued, Karp sat down and started reading.
“Engineering is such a wonderful way to contribute to society,” said Dr Robert Langer, upon learning of our Create the Future report. MIT’s David H. Koch Institute Professor is renowned for his innovative take on combining chemistry and medicine, and in 2015 he won the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for his novel approach to drug delivery.
Dr Robert Langer, the 2015 winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, was featured on Sunday 16th October on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. Please click here to catch up with the interview.
On 3rd October, QEPrize winner Dr Robert Langer returned to the UK, joining marine engineer Ilya Marotta and broadcaster Alok Jha to discuss the future of engineering.
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Dr Robert Langer, winner of the 2015 QEPrize returns to speak in the UK for the first time since receiving his award. Book now to see him discuss the world’s biggest engineering challenges with some of the world’s leading engineers!
Last year’s Create the Future report highlighted the call for engineers to lead the way in solving the world’s biggest problems. The key challenges that the report identified include tackling climate change, providing healthcare for an ageing population and securing the world’s energy supply. Our panel of expert engineers will take a look at what steps their profession must take to meet the public’s high expectations.