Satellite pioneer awarded Faraday Medal
Professor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE FRS has been awarded the Faraday Medal by the IET.
The Medal, named after pioneering scientist Michael Faraday, is awarded for notable scientific or industrial achievement in engineering or for conspicuous service rendered to the advancement of science, engineering and technology.
The citation said that Sweeting was awarded the Medal for “his visionary leadership, satellite expertise, ambition and drive, which among other things, brought the overheads involved in space exploration, down to earth. Sir Martin’s work includes establishing the viability of the use of small satellites for earth observation, communication and navigation purposes and his founding of a company to design and supply small satellites to organisations throughout the world”.
Sweeting is founder and director of the Surrey Space Centre and executive chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology, a spin-off company he created in 1985.
On receiving the award he said: “I am particularly honoured to receive this medal from the IET as Michael Faraday was a remarkable experimentalist in a field close to my heart – electromagnetics.
"It was my fascination with radio communications which, combined with a dream of space, brought me to work in the exciting field of small satellites and their ability to change the economics of space. It has been particularly satisfying to be able to work with many emerging space nations and enable them to their first affordable steps into space and share the benefits of its applications and opportunities.”
Professor Christopher Snowden, IET president, who presented the award, said: “The Faraday Medal is the highest accolade the IET gives and Sir Martin is a worthy recipient. His work and achievements embody much of what the IET stands for; advancing and sharing knowledge for the benefit of the world in which we live.”
See a list of previous Faraday Medal winners here
Sweeting will be giving the 45th Appleton Lecture, entitled Small Satellites - Big Future, on Tuesday 19 January 2010 at the IET's headquarters in London.
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