Professor Sir Bernard Crossland FREng has received one of The Royal Academy of Engineering's most prestigious awards the Sustained Achievement Medal for his contribution to engineering education research work into high pressure engineering and his influence in both the UK and Ireland in forming links with industry and academia in a career spanning seven decades. During his retirement he has also made a significant contribution to public service playing a leading role in high profile investigations including the Kings Cross Underground Fire and Ladbroke Grove Rail Disaster.

Sir Bernard started his career with Rolls-Royce in 1940 and gained his engineering education largely through part-time study. In 1959, he became Professor of Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, where he recruited a strong academic team and equipped a new building whilst serving as Head of Department, Head of the Faculty and Pro Vice-Chancellor.

His achievements in the research area include high pressure engineering working with ICI on a high pressure polyethylene plant and his work in the development of explosive welding used in prototype nuclear reactors. He was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1987 and was knighted in1990 for services to Northern Ireland.

Sir John Parker CBE FREng says: “Sir Bernard has led by example and all who meet him could not fail to become interested and excited by engineering – living proof of this is the number of students he has inspired who have enjoyed much success in the field.”

Sir Bernard comments: “From when I was a child I have always been interested and involved in engineering. So when I retired 25 years ago I could not think of anything better to do than to continue what I enjoyed doing. As a consequence I have had a wonderfully interesting and stimulating retirement with never a dull moment. Then to receive The Royal Academy of Engineering medal for Sustained Achievement was icing on the cake.”

Notes for editors

  1. Awarded to an engineer normally resident in the UK whose achievements have had a profound impact upon their engineering discipline, the Sustained Achievement Award applies particularly to those engineers who have not been recognised earlier in their careers for reasons such as latency in the impact of their work or late disclosure due to national or commercial secrecy.

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