Over sixty Institute members and guests attended the 2009 Presidential Address and Learned Awards Evening, on 22 September at the Royal Society, London. President Bill Bardo’s thought provoking address, ‘Whither Autonomy’, dealt with the interplay between man and machine, the progression towards enhanced machines with greater capabilities, and the irrevocable way these developments will shape society.
Highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Tallantire Award to Emeritus Professor Ludwik Finkelstein, for his extraordinary commitment and service to the aims and objectives of the Institute.
Professor Finkelstein also received The Honeywell Prize for best article in the Journal, 2006, ‘From Technology to Wider Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom’.
The Institute was also pleased to elect Ernest Clifford (Jim) Buckland an Honorary Fellow for his service to the Institute and in particular his significant contribution to the Standards Policy Panel.
The awards and medals were presented to recipients from around the country.
The Sir Harold Hartley Medal was presented to Professor David Sandoz (2008) and Professor Malcolm Smith (2009) for their outstanding contributions to the technology of measurement and control.
For their considerable contributions to the art of instruments or of measurement, Professor Terry Wilkins (2008) and Professor Neil White (2009) received the Callender Medal.
The Honeywell International Medal for distinguished work in control was awarded to Professor Jan Maciejowski (2008) and Professor Frank Lewis (2009).
The Alec Hough-Grassby Memorial Award was presented to Professor Lisa Hall for her work in the field of analytical sensors and biosensors.
At the end of the evening a drinks and dinner reception provided members and guests with the opportunity to relax and reflect on the events and the success of achievement.