The Royal Academy of Engineering is to award its 2005 Public Promotion of Engineering Medal to the man behind the Science Museum, Dr Lindsay Sharp.

Lindsay Sharp has, throughout his life, exhibited a passion for interpreting and explaining major issues in science and engineering in education and social history. He is currently Director of the National Museum of Science and Industry, and couples championing the cause of dialogue between the public and the world of science and engineering with his curatorial responsibilities of the NMSI and its flagship, the Science Museum.

His early career in Australia, where he developed the hugely successful ‘Powerhouse’ in Sydney, in the United States and, until 2000, at the Royal Ontario Museum equipped him well for the role of Director of the National Museum of Science and Industry. He has brought that same passion, together with energy and imagination, to this group of museums and has taken full advantage of the momentum built by his predecessor in the role.

Dr Sharp says he deeply appreciates the leading role taken by The Royal Academy of Engineering in this field and, on behalf of the teams at NMSI’s four museums – especially the Science Museum – welcomes the opportunity of working with the Academy in this critical endeavour.

He will receive the medal from Dr Roger Highfield, Science Editor, and The Daily Telegraph on Thursday 2 June at the Academy’s Awards Dinner in London for his work in the promotion of engineering, including the passion, energy and imagination he has brought to museums and the dialogue he has created between the public and the world of science and engineering.

Notes for editors

  1. The Academy’s Public Promotion of Engineering medal has only been presented three before, to author and TV presenter Dr Adam Hart-Davis in 2002 to BBC Producer/Director Ed Bazalgette and Assistant Producer Simon Winchcombe in 2003 and last year to TV and radio presenter, Kate Bellingham.
  2. 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