Dr Mike Short

IET president awarded in Queen's Honours list

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) President has been recognised by the Queen in her Birthday Honours list.

Dr Mike Short, who is also Vice President at Telefónica Europe plc becomes a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). Dr Short has had a career spanning 37 years in electronics and telecommunications.

“It is a great honour to receive this personally for my contribution to the mobile industry even though many others have played such a great role.

“I am particularly pleased that it helps highlight how much mobile innovation and investment has done for society, skills and services. This is a truly great year to receive my medal after 25 years in the mobile industry and only 20 years since the first digital mobile phone was approved for connection to mobile networks,” he said.

Science and technology made up two per cent of the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year, the government said. Others awarded in the science and technology field included, Professor Janet Thornton, director of the European Bioinformatics Institute, who was awarded a DBE.

Knighthoods were awarded to Professor Tim Gowers, winner of the Fields Medal, the mathematical equivalent of a Nobel Prize, Professor Michael Sterling, a past president of the IET, who has turned round the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and Professor James McDonald, who is an incoming Trustee of the IET.

MBEs included an award to Trevor Hayward, Technical Manager at the University of Birmingham, who has helped others achieve their scientific goals throughout 47 years of exemplary service.

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