I have long thought that it is a shame there is no Nobel prize for engineers.
As Britain is in many ways the original heart of the engineering professions, should not Britain originate its own awards for engineers on the basis of the Nobel prizes with identical awards?
Probably it would be difficult to use the term Nobel. Equally there is a case for splitting the awards into chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical as well as a special inventors award.
These could be named after early engineers in their fields such as Brunel in civil, Faraday in electrical, Stephenson in mechanical, Mond in chemical engineering with Davy for inventors.
The National Lottery is, of course, a possible source of funds but it would be better for industry to provide the capital itself because politicians are apt to over-intervene in Lottery awards.
Industry would benefit greatly from the publicity and the awards could be presented in a different one of the nation’s engineering centres each year, such as Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol and so on.
Henry Stephenson – Bath