Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University, John Davidson FREng FRS, was presented with the Prince Philip Medal at an awards ceremony hosted by The Royal Academy of Engineering on June 7 at London’s Guildhall.

Professor Davidson has made major contributions to chemical engineering on a global scale, most notably in the area of research in multi-phase flow in fluidisation and bubble flow, publishing over 250 papers in this field. He is still very involved in the industry and is currently working on key projects such as clean coal combustion which looks to underpin the design of zero-emission coal-fired power plants.

Professor Davidson speaking at the ceremony commented: “I am delighted to receive the Prince Philip Medal. It gives me the feeling of being a real engineer and not just an academic theoretician.”His accolades include being a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and Foreign Member of the Russian Engineering Academy. John is also a past President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Lynn Gladden, Head of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Cambridge University comments: “His enthusiasm for his work has inspired many students who have gone on to hold prominent positions in industry and academia. He has made significant contributions to the Pruteen biofermentation reactors – and is seen very much as the father of their subject.”

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.

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