Roll call as engineers line up for New Year Honours

Posted on 3 Jan 2013

Two top engineers at engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce are set to be honoured by the Queen for services to UK engineering.

Professor Richard Parker, director of Research and Technology and Michael Terrett, chief operating officer at Rolls-Royce have been named Commanders of the Order of the British Empire in the New Years honours list.

Inventor and designer Kenneth Henry Grange has been knighted for his long list of work, which ranges from designing food mixers for Kenwood to razors for Wilkinson Sword.

Now Sir Kenneth, the designer examined the purpose of a product to make them easier to use, winning the Prince Philip Designers Prize in 2001, an award won also by Andrew Ritchie, designer of the Brompton folding bicycle, in 2009.

The product designer moved into industrial design in the 1950s. He created the 40 million-selling Kodak Instamatic camera in 1963 and updated the London taxi cab in 1997.

Professor David Neil Payne, director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton was also knighted for his work on photonics and its applications.

He has made discoveries contributing to the growth of fibre lasers used in manufacturing and defence, founding SPI Lasers, a leading supplier of high power fibre lasers based in Southampton, which has recently been purchased by the Trumpf Corporation in Germany.

Dr Hossein Yassaie, CEO at Imagination Technologies, which develops and licenses silicon chips used in the iPhone and other electrical devices, has also been knighted for his services to technology and innovation.

He is also a director of Green Plug, which makes a processor to enable power hubs to simultaneously power multiple devices, each with its own specific voltage and power requirements.

Professor Carol Vivien Robinson of the chemistry department at the University of Oxford is one of only three women to make the latest honours list for services related to engineering and industry.

Having left school with few formal qualifications Dame Carol Robinson gained both A-levels and her degree studying part-time while working as a mass spectrometry technician in industry.

The following have been Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE):

Dr David Douglas Cleevely CBE, founding director of the Centre for Science and Policy at University of Cambridge for services to Technology and Innovation.

Janice Munday CBE, director of Advanced Manufacturing and Services at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for transforming business support schemes in England.

Stephen Visscher CBE, chief operating officer at Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council for services to scientific research.

The following have been Members of the Order of the British Empire:

Jeremy Buckle MBE, event director of Engineers Fair for services to science and engineering.

Dr John Locker Crossle MBE, founder of Crosslé Car Company for services to engineering and manufacturing in Northern Ireland.

Michael Stanley MBE, director of engineering and technical operations at RaceTech, for services to the economy.

John Theodore Blackburn MBE, founder and managing director of Canterbury Bears, for services to manufacturing and export.

Susan Elizabeth Harrison MBE, former director of British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association. For services to industry and safe practices.

Alan William Bedford Smith MBE, chairman of Pipex for services to the manufacturing industry.

Mark Andrew Suffolk MBE, founder and managing director of Suffolk Pointe Shoe Company, for services to manufacturing.