Mountbatten Medal

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The Mountbatten Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution, or contributions over a period, to the promotion of electronics or information technology and their application. The Medal was established by the National Electronics Council in 1992 and named after The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the first Chairman of the Council.[1]


The medal may be awarded only to UK residents, or international residents who have accomplished achievements of benefit to the UK.

Contributions can be within the spheres of science, technology, industry or commerce and in the dissemination of understanding of electronics and information technology, whether to young people, or adults.

Selection panel[edit]

The Mountbatten Medal Advisory Panel, comprising the Presidents of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the British Computer Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering, meets in June, each year, to consider nominations for the Mountbatten Medal and to agree two names to be put before HRH The Duke of Kent, who then makes the final decision.


In selecting a winner, the Panel give particular emphasis to:

  • the stimulation of public awareness of the significance and value of electronics;
  • spreading recognition of the economic significance of electronics and IT, and encouraging their effective use throughout industry in general;
  • encouraging excellence in product innovation and the successful transition of scientific advances to wealth-creating products;
  • recognising brilliance in academic and industrial research;
  • encouraging young people of both sexes to make their careers in the electronics and IT industries;
  • increasing the awareness of the importance of electronics and IT amongst teachers and others in the educational disciplines.


The Medal recipients to date have been :