BP Amoco group chief executive Sir John Browne has been presented with the Royal Academy of Engineering’s highest award, the Prince Philip Medal. The award recognises the exceptional contribution to engineering of Browne, who masterminded last year’s £30bn merger of BP and Amoco.
Browne, a non-executive director of Intel and Goldman Sachs, read physics at St John’s College, Cambridge before joining BP in 1966. His first job was to assess BP’s oil reserves in Alaska. He then studied at Stanford Graduate Business School in the US before working in the Gulf, Mexico and the North Sea, where he managed the Forties Field.
His main area of technical expertise is the control of oil, water and gas flows through porous sand and limestones. He has also worked on large-scale simulation.
In 1984 he became group treasurer and chief executive of BP Finance International. He held further positions within the firm before his appointment as group chief executive officer in 1995.
Previous winners of the Prince Philip Medal include jet engine inventor Sir Frank Whittle, optical fibre inventor Sir Charles Kao, and Sir Denis Rooke, who was responsible for overhauling the UK gas industry.