Chief Executive of the McLaren Group and Team Principal of McLaren Racing Ron Dennis is to be presented with the Prince Philip Medal by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by The Royal Academy of Engineering. The Annual Awards ceremony to celebrate innovation and excellence in engineering will be held at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall on Monday 9 June 2008.

Ron Dennis has been a key player in the motorsports world which is seen as one of the most successful engineering industries in the UK both in Formula 1 and other divisions. He took over the McLaren Formula 1 team just 16 years after entering the sport as a teenager and has led the team to nine Drivers’ World Championships. Competing at this level calls for cutting-edge technology which Ron Dennis’s group of companies, including McLaren Automative and McLaren Electronic Systems, have been at the forefront of delivering.

Professor Keith Glover FREng comments, “Ron Dennis has founded and led a world-leading engineering enterprise that is probably the most visible and compelling example of high performance engineering available. His exceptional contribution to engineering is not only seen in the motorsports domain but is also evident in the public perception of engineering.”

In 1989 HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Senior Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering, agreed to the commissioning of a gold medal to be ‘awarded periodically to an engineer of any nationality who has made an exceptional contribution to engineering as a whole through practice, management or education’, to be known as the Prince Philip Medal.

Ron Dennis comments, “I am honoured to receive the award and hope it will show young people how engineering skills and innovation can play their part in such an exciting sport watched by millions around the world”.

Notes for editors

  1. 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.

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