Mini man Cooper awarded CBE

John Cooper, responsible for converting the Mini into legendary racer the Mini Cooper, has been awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours List `for services to the motor industry’.

Cooper made the Mini into a racer in 1961 by fitting a twin-carburettor 997cc engine, front-disc brakes and a remote gear change.

Among other engineers honoured, knighthoods go to GKN chief executive CK Chow for services to industry, and to professor Charles Hoare for services to education and computer science. Ian Robinson, chief executive of Scottish Power, was honoured for services to the electricity industry, and Alan Rudge, former chairman of the Engineering Council, for services to engineering, research and industry.

Professor Alex Wesley Skempton was knighted for services to engineering. Alan Sugar was knighted for services to the PC and electronics industry.