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Medals : Lot 1152




1152 The Fellowship of Engineering, The Prince Philip Medal, for Exceptional Contribution to Engineering, awarded periodically to an engineer of any nationality who has made and exceptional contribution to engineering as a whole through practice, management or education. awarded to Professor Olgierd Zienkiewicz CBE FR.Eng FRS, a British academic of Polish descent, in 2006 in recognition of outstanding contribution spanning the wide field of mechanics and engineering. The medal is 76mm diameter and struck in .999 gold weighing 489.24 grammes, UNC and lustrous, in the large blue Royal Mint case with RA Eng logo in the lid of the case. Only awarded periodically, with just 17 recipients over a 25 year period. Professor Zienkiewicz, a mathematician and civil engineer, was a pioneer and widely regarded as the Father of the Finite Element Method, a powerful technique originally developed for numerical solution of complex problems in Structural Mechanics and has received 28 honorary degrees from different countries. Previous recipients include Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the turbojet engine, in 1991, Ron Dennis, the head of the McLaren Formula 1 team during it's world-beating period of success in the 1980s, who was awarded the medal in 2008, and Professor C.C.Chan who was awarded the medal in 2014 for his role in the development of electric vehicles as we know them today. As far as our research has shown this may be the first Price Philip Medal ever offered for sale. £22,000 - £25,000

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