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50 Years of the MacRobert Award for Engineering Innovation

To mark the 50th anniversary of the MacRobert Award, the Royal Academy of Engineering commissioned conceptual photographer Ted Humble-Smith to create the series of images in this online exclusive exhibition.

For this project, supported by the UK Intellectual Property Office and the GREAT Britain and Northern Ireland Campaign, Ted talked to the engineers who developed the concepts behind 10 former MacRobert Award winners. The results capture a sense of the thought process that enabled each engineering innovation.


About the MacRobert Award

First presented in 1969, the MacRobert Award is unique in celebrating not only outstanding innovation but also tangible societal benefit and commercial success. Founded by the MacRobert Trust, the award is run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, supported by the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

The first award was made jointly for two iconic innovations: to Rolls-Royce for the Pegasus engine that powers the Harrier Jump Jet; and to Freeman, Fox and Partners for the aerodynamic deck design of the Severn Bridge. Subsequent winners have included the engineers behind advances such as catalytic converters, the roof of the Millennium Dome, intelligent prosthetic limbs and the Raspberry Pi microcomputer.

MacRobert Award winning innovations have changed the world.