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. Since 2011, the medal has been awarded as one of the Achievement Awards of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
One of the IET's Prestige Achievement Medals, the Medal is awarded to an individual for an outstanding contribution, or contributions over a period, to the promotion of electronics or information technology and in the dissemination of the understanding of electronics and information technology to young people, or adults.
The winner of the Mountbatten Medal is invited to the IET's Mountbatten Memorial Lecture and Dinner, which is held in October or November each year, to receive the Medal and sign the Mountbatten album.
When the award was first established, 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, met 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 made the final decision.
Since 2011, the Mountbatten Medal has been awarded as part of the IET's Achievement Awards. The Institution of Engineering and Technology invites its members, partner organisations and associates throughout the world to make nominations each year for the IET’s Achievement Medals. The medals are awarded for outstanding achievement in the various fields of engineering and technology. Following the judging process by the IET Awards and Prizes Committee, the decisions are endorsed by the IET Knowledge Management Board and Board of Trustees and recipients are informed by the IET's Chief Executive and Secretary.
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.
- 2015 Alan Finkel
- 2014 Ronjon Nag
- 2013 Ian Nussey
- 2012 Vincent Fusco
- 2011 Peter McOwan
- 2010 Eli Yablonovitch
- 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