Professor Christopher Snowden, FREng, CEng, FIEE, FIEEE, CEO Filtronic ICS and a professor at the University of Leeds, has won a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for his outstanding contribution to the UK microwave Semiconductor Industry.

Professor Snowden, whose work has made significant contributions to the understanding and application of microwave semiconductors, will receive his medal at the Academy Awards Dinner in London on Thursday 10 June.

While at Leeds University he pioneered the application of physical device modelling, to the design of microwave semiconductors and circuits, facilitating the rapid and accurate development of new devices. The technology that he introduced became the foundation for a manufacturing process at a leading US microwave company.

In 1998 he became Group Technical Director with Filtronic plc and in 1999 was appointed joint CEO and formed Filtronic Compound Semiconductors Ltd, applying his detailed knowledge of microwave semiconductor manufacture to the creation of the Europe’s leading establishment in the field.

Professor Snowden continues to hold a Professorship at the University of Leeds with supervisory responsibility for a number of researchers.

He is currently working with the local development agency and the DTI to establish a nanotechnology centre in the UK.

Notes for editors

  1. The Academy’s Silver Medals, instigated in 1995, are awarded annually to engineers aged 50 or under who have made outstanding contributions to British engineering. Only four awards may be made each year.
  2. This year’s other Silver Medals go to Jonathan Holt, Drilling Technology Portfolio Leader, BP, Stuart Moran, CEng, MBA, Managing Director, Surgical Innovations Limited, Leeds and Stephen Brown CEng, MIStructE, partner for London-based Buro Happold Consulting Engineers.
  3. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Dr. Claire McLoughlin at the Royal Academy of Engineering