Alan Rudge

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Sir Alan Walter Rudge CBE, FREng,[1] FRS (born 17 October 1937 London) is a British electrical engineer. He was Chairman of the ERA Foundation from its formation until December 2012, after which he was appointed as the Foundation's President.[2] In 2012 he also stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Management of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, a position he had held for eleven years; he had succeeded Sir Denis Rooke and was himself succeeded by Bernard Taylor.[3] He is a climate change sceptic.[4]

Life[edit]

He earned a BSc from the London Polytechnic in 1964 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Birmingham in 1968. He was head of operations at British Telecommunications.[5] He was Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He is a past President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and was Chairman of the Engineering Council. He was appointed a Fellow[1] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[1] in 1984.

He was until July 2014 Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director on the board of Experian plc.[6]

In 1994 he was invited to deliver the MacMillan Memorial Lecture to the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland. He chose the subject "Multimedia and the Information Superhighway".[7]

In 1995, he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) by the University of Bath.[8]

In the New Year Honours list for 2000 he was appointed Knight Bachelor for services to Engineering Research and to Industry.[9]

Climate Change[edit]

He a member of the academic advisory council[10] of the Global Warming Policy Foundation — the climate sceptic think tank chaired by Nigel Lawson.

In 2010 he organized a petition of 43 dissenters (about 3% of the membership) challenging the Royal Society's “unnecessarily alarmist position” on climate change. He told The Times that “there is a lot of science to be done before we can be certain about climate change and before we impose upon ourselves the huge economic burden of cutting emissions.”[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "List of Fellows". Raeng.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2014-09-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Royalcommission1851.org. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  4. ^ Rebel Scientists Force Royal Society To Accept Climate Scepticism | The Times, 29 May 2010 Retrieved on 2017-02-15.
  5. ^ "Alan Rudge - Engineering and Technology History Wiki". Ieeeghn.org. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  6. ^ "Experian plc - Directorate changes". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Hugh Miller Macmillan". Macmillan Memorial Lectures. Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland. Archived from the original on 4 October 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present". bath.ac.uk. University of Bath. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  9. ^ "BBC News: New Year Honours 2000". News.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Academic Advisory Council | The Global Warming Policy Foundation". GWPF. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  11. ^ Rebel Scientists Force Royal Society To Accept Climate Scepticism, The Times, 29 May 2010 Retrieved on 2017-02-15.

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