Schemes for Professional Engineers
Applications for the 2014 The Sir Robert Malpas Bursary/Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowships are now closed.
The Sir Robert Malpas Bursary
This bursary has been
established by Sir Robert Malpas CBE FREng to enable
outstanding graduate engineers to study for a full
time MSc course in creative engineering at a UK
Sir Robert Malpas CBE FREng
Born in August 1927, Sir Robert
read mechanical engineering at Durham University and
joined ICI in 1948 after graduating with a first
class honours degree. After becoming Head of
Engineering in the Petrochemical Division, he was
appointed a General Manager of a joint venture in
Spain in 1963. In recognition of this work he was
awarded the Spanish Order of Civil Merit in 1967.
From 1966 to 1975 Sir Robert worked in ICI Europa,
Brussels, becoming Chief Executive in 1973. He was
appointed a main Board Director of ICI in 1975 with
specific responsibility for the Organics Division,
Engineering, and Eastern Europe. In 1975 he awarded
the CBE for services to export.
In 1978, Sir Robert
moved from ICI to become President of Halcon
International, a New York based chemicals process
research company, acquired in 1982 by the Texas
Eastern Corporation. He joined the Board of BP plc
in January 1983 as a Managing Director with specific
responsibility for Chemicals, Research, Engineering
and Latin America, retiring from this position in
July 1989. He was appointed Chairman of Powergen plc
in May 1989, one of the successor companies of the
CEGB in the privatisation of the electricity supply
industry and resigned in November 1990.
was Chairman of the Cookson Group plc from July 1991
to October 1998. Non-Executive Director of BOC plc
from 1981 to 1996; Non-Executive director of Baring
Bros from 1989 to 1995; British Co-Chairman of
Eurotunnel plc from November 1996 to December 1998
and a Non-Executive Director from 1987 to 2000. He
was also a Non-Executive Director of Repsol SA
(Spain) from 1989 to 2002; a member of the Advisory
Board of SpecialChem Paris from 1996 to 2000;
Chairman of Ferghana Partners a small mergers and
acquisitions private company from 1998 to 2003;
Chairman of Evolution plc, a consultancy to
financial services companies, from 2000 to 2005; an
Executive Director of ENAGAS Spain 2002-2006.
Non-Executive Director of Agcert plc, an American
company based in Dublin and involved in creating
carbon credits from pig manure, from 2005 to 2008;
Chairman of RL Capital , a start-up company in the
road tyre accessories business, from 2002 to 2010.
Sir Robert is currently a Non-Executive Director of
In addition to a distinguished business
career, Sir Robert has also been a leading light in
the engineering profession, having been a former
President of the SCI from 1988 to 1989; past Senior
Vice President of The Royal Academy of Engineering
from 1989 to 1992; the first Chairman of LINK, the
government scheme for funding research through
partnership with industry, from its inception in
1986 until 1993 and Chairman of the Natural
Environment Research Council from 1993 to 1996.
Robert is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of
Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Society of
Chemistry, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Arts. He was knighted for services to industry and
to science and technology in 1998.
Further information please
contact the Programme Manage: Eunice Hung
at the Academy's address.
[E-mail Eunice Hung]