Ivor Tiefenbrun MBE, an influential figure in audio equipment, will give the joint Royal Academy of Engineering/ Royal Society of Edinburgh lecture next week about the value of engineering to society and the challenging, exciting and competitive world of manufacturing. He will give his talk Extreme Engineering on Monday 26 March 2012 in Edinburgh.

Ivor Tiefenbrun is the Founder and Chairman of Linn Products Ltd, Scotland-based manufacturers of hi-fi equipment and an influential figure in the British electronics manufacturing and retail sectors. His love of music led him to manufacture high quality hi-fi turntables immune to audio feedback, which became an industry gold standard for over two decades.

Ivor Tiefenbrun will share the lessons he has learned about innovation and manufacturing, as well as his personal experience in working effectively with people and the origins and importance of music. He will focus on the competitive nature of manufacturing and give the audience an insight into the challenges, excitement and rewards of the sector.

He believes that engineering is inspiring and the act of innovating and making things should not be restricted to professional engineers as every human is potentially ‘a tool-making animal’. Ivor Tiefenbrun will explain how making things is a fundamental aspect of human expression and essential for mankind’s development and survival and that, if there were any single discipline, practice or activity without which we could not imagine sustaining our rich lives, it would undoubtedly be engineering.

Extreme Engineering 2012 Report (278.21 KB)

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.
  2. The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is Scotland’s National Academy and aims to advance learning and useful knowledge by supporting the cultural, economic and social well-being of Scotland. Drawing upon the strengths and interdisciplinary expertise of over 1,500 peer-elected Fellows based in Scotland and beyond, the RSE is a source of expertise across the intellectual, business and public life in Scotland.
  3. Ivor Tiefenbrun MBE is Chairman of Linn Products Ltd, which he founded after designing the LP12 turntable. The company continues to produce the turntables we well as digital music systems and he has dedicated most of his working life to building the business and researching sound quality. He was formerly Chairman of the Federation of British Audio and is a founding member of the Entrepreneurial Exchange. He was awarded an MBE in 1992 for his services to the electronics industry and was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001.

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0636; email: Jane Sutton