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.
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.
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 :
- 2011 Peter McOwan
- 2009 David Ogden
- 2008 Kevin Warwick
- 2007 Andrew Blake
- 2006 John Leighfield
- 2005 Sir David Brown
- 2004 Andy Hopper
- 2001 David Payne
- 2000 Hermann Hauser
- 1999 Steve Shirley
- 1998 J D Rhodes
- 1997 Tom Kilburn and Maurice Wilkes
- 1996 Tim Berners-Lee
- 1995 Peter Bonfield
- 1994 David E. Potter
- 1993 W A Gambling
- 1992 Ernest Harrison