Cobalt Light Systems

For the innovation of the Insight100 airport security liquid scanner

The Insight100 system can analyse bottles of up to three litres, in order to determine if they contain anything considered a threat, without having to open them, providing detailed and exceptionally reliable results in just five seconds.

  2014 MacRobert Award news release




For the innovation of VNC Remote Access Software

RealVNC's technology gives computer, smartphone, and other device users the power to 'take over' another device remotely from anywhere in the world. It is now used on over a billion devices worldwide, and VNC protocols have even become an official part of the internet.

2013 MacRobert Award news release



Jaguar Land Rover - Range Rover Evoque: World Class British Design and Innovation

The Range Rover Evoque from Land Rover has carved out an entirely new market segment with its  concept-car design which retains the ground clearance necessary for true all-terrain capability. In order to maintain the original concept's low profile design, Jaguar Land Rover's engineers packaged the under-floor components, the all new front and rear suspension systems, new chassis frame and 70L fuel tank with millimetre accuracy.

2012 MacRobert Award news release



Microsoft Research, Cambridge - human motion capture in Kinect for Xbox 360

Five engineers from Microsoft Research won the award for their machine-learning work on the human motion capture in Kinect for Xbox 360, allowing controller-free gaming. In the two months after its launch in November 2010, Kinect sold 8 million devices, making it the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history.

2011 MacRobert Award news release



Inmarsat - Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN)

Inmarsat plc for providing global 3G broadband coverage via satelliteThe award was made for Inmarsat's groundbreaking Broadband Global Area Network service, which provides internet data connectivity and is used for remote connectivity for business, government, broadcasters, aid and relief agencies, and emergency services. The service also brings TV reports into our homes from even the most remote parts of the world and is used by  major broadcasters.

2010 MacRobert Award news release



Arup – The Water Cube

Beijing Aquatic Centre, known as the Water Cube. The Award was given for Arup's visionary Beijing Aquatic Centre, known as the Water Cube, and the setting for so many swimming events at the 2008 Olympic Games. The project team made revolutionary use of virtual prototyping, which is changing the way both Arup and the building industry approach new projects.

2009 MacRobert Award news release



Touch Bionics − i-LIMB Hand

The i-LIMB Hand is a prosthetic device that looks and acts like a real human hand with five individually powered digits. The key innovation behind Touch Bionics' i-LIMB Hand is the multi-articulating finger technology, which has underpinned the product's commercial success since its launch. The i-LIMB Hand was developed using leading-edge electronic and mechanical engineering techniques and is manufactured using high-strength plastics. The result is a next-generation prosthetic device that is lightweight, robust and appealing to both patients and healthcare professionals.

2008 MacRobert Award news release



Process Systems Enterprise Ltd − gPROMS advanced mathematical modelling software

This company’s gPROMS advanced mathematical modelling software allows engineers to build and solve complex models by describing the physical and chemical phenomena that are taking place, without worrying about the details of the mathematical solution.

2007 MacRobert Award news release



Optos plc − Panoramic200 

Optos' scanning laser ophthalmoscope has revolutionised eye care and the early detection of retinal defects with its ultra-wide retinal imagers.

2006 MacRobert Award news release



CSR plc − single chip BlueCore™ family

In recognition of its single chip BlueCore™ family, the revolutionary devices which have fuelled the inexorable rise of Bluetooth wireless products, from mobile phones to medical devices.

2005 MacRobert Award news release



IBM − WebSphere MQ

WebSphere MQ software has helped businesses save billions of dollars by providing a failsafe means of exchanging business-critical information between computer systems, irrespective of their location and regardless of whatever hardware, programming language, operating system or communication protocol they use.



Randox Laboratories Ltd − Evidence®

The company has developed a fully automated diagnostic analyser (Evidence®) using protein biochip array technology. The Randox vision is to 'develop a complete diagnostic system that will provide more accurate patient diagnosis and enable selection of the most appropriate therapeutic treatment on an individual patient basis.'



CDT − Light-emitting polymers

In 1989, researchers at Cambridge University found that passing an electric current through certain polymers made them emit light. Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) was formed in 1992 to commercialise the technology that evolved from this discovery. CDT owns the fundamental intellectual property and expertise in light-emitting polymers, a form of Organic Light Emitting Diode.



Sensaura Ltd − for Sensaura 3D Positional Audio (S-3DPA)

A new three-dimensional audio technology, capable of reproducing sounds all around the listener – even above and below – using only two conventional stereo loudspeakers or a pair of ordinary headphones. The technology is based on over 11 years of research and development including recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios. It has been shipped on over 40 million PCs and soundcards worldwide and has now been selected as the 3D audio technology for Microsoft's Xbox™ video game system.



Johnson Matthey

A schematic of a CRT For the Continuously Regenerating Trap (CRT™), an emission control device for trucks and buses, that simultaneously controls particulate matter, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions from diesel exhaust.



Buro Happold

Awarded for the roof structure of the Millennium Dome, the largest tented structure in the world using straight tensioned cables and flat fabric. The structure weighs less than the air it contains and the technology developed has the potential to be used in the building of covered cities within extreme climate zones.



Norton Healthcare Ltd

For the Easi-Breathe inhaler, a novel breath-activated inhaler for the treatment of asthma. It automatically releases a measured dose of the asthma drug at exactly the right time for it to reach the lungs most effectively.



Whipp & Bourne − a division of FKI plc

For the compact, maintenance-free Gas-Filled Vacuum Recloser. This device will increase the reliability of the power supply networks in remote areas, greatly reducing the frequency of power cuts, while at the same time being easier to install and less environmentally obtrusive.



Rolls-Royce plc for the Trent aero-engine

Through innovative engineering and continued involvement in the development and exploitation of current and emerging technologies, Rolls-Royce has created a world leading aero-engine.



British Gas and Gill Electronic R&D - ultrasonic domestic gas meter

This outstanding engineering achievement was the result of a bold, forward-looking project with the objective of creating a solid-state meter with no moving parts.



Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) of Newcastle upon Tyne - the development of subsea cable and pipeline ploughs

SMD has become a world leader in its field through the innovative application of soil mechanics to underwater soil, the development of new control systems and the effective integration of many engineering disciplines.



ICI Klea

For the process and production technology for manufacturing the ozone-benign refrigerant KLEA 134a.



BP International

For advancing the application of hydraulic fracturing technology used in the exploitation of oi and gas reserves



Joint winners:

Rover Group 

For the new Rover Metro car 

Defence Research Agency and GEC Sensors 

For the Nightbird night vision system



The Science and Engineering Research Council

For the design, construction and commissioning of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope



British Gas

For the 'intelligent pig', allowing internal inspection of operational pipelines.



Quantel Limited

For the Paintbox television graphics system and the Harry video editing system



Renishaw Metrology Limited

For the development of a range of accurate industrial measurement probes



Oxford Instruments Group

For superconducting magnet systems used in medical diagnostic applications



Joint winners:

The National Institute of Agricultural Engineering

For forage conditioning machinery


For techniques for high energy X-ray examination of gas turbines during testing − Rolls-Royce plc



Netlon Limited

For the development of high-strength polymer grids used in the civil engineering and construction industries



Ruston Gas Turbines

For the Tornado and other industrial gas turbines



Kaldair Limited

For the Indair/Mardair waste gas flare systems used on offshore platforms



Lucas CAV Limited

For the Microjector, a miniaturised fuel injector for car diesel engines



Johnson Matthey Group

For the development of catalytic systems for motor vehicle exhausts



Post Office Telecommunications

For the Prestel viewdata software system



Pilkington Brothers Limited

For the Triplex Ten-Twenty laminated windscreen for cars and aircraft



Royal Signals Research Establishment and Malvern Instruments Limited

For the Malvern Correlator which measures the movement of particles or molecules


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Joint winners:

Westland Helicopters

For the semi-rigid rotor system and conformal gearing of the Lynx helicopter

British Railways Board

For developments in railway vehicle suspensions



The agricultural division of ICI Limited

For the development and manufacture of high-activity catalysts used in methanol production




For the Denovo tyre and wheel system



EMI Limited

For the application of X-ray techniques for diagnosing brain disease



The Gas Council

For a range of gas manufacturing processes



British Petroleum

For techniques enabling accurate surveying through permafrost in Alaska



Joint winners:

Freeman, Fox and Partners

For the superstructure of the Severn Bridge


For the Pegasus engine used in the Harrier aircraft