Dr Leonardo Chiariglione

IET awards Faraday Medal to Dr Leonardo Chiariglione

The IET has announced the winners of its 2012 Achievement  Awards.

Dr Chiariglione is being awarded the prize in recognition of his pioneering contribution to MPEG (Movie Picture Expert Group). MPEG is used extensively for digital video and media compression and has enabled the modern digital media revolution.

The medal is named after the revolutionary scientist Michael Faraday and is given for notable scientific or industrial achievement in engineering, or for conspicuous service rendered to the advancement of science, engineering or technology. Previous winners have included W D Coolidge (1939) and Sir Edward V Appleton (1946) for their pioneering work in technology.

The IET said Dr Chiariglione had been recognised for his outstanding and ground-breaking contribution to video technologies and will be the 90th recipient of the medal.

“The Faraday Medal is the highest distinction awarded by the IET and Leonardo Chiariglione is a very deserving recipient,” says Professor Andy Hopper CBE, President of the IET.

“Chiariglione has been at the forefront of a number of initiatives that have helped shape media technology business as we know it today. Among these is the International Workshop on HDTV which he established in 1986 to give direction to the technology.”

The Faraday Medal and other Achievement Awards will be presented at an awards ceremony on November 22 at The Brewery in London.

Further information:

Find out more about the IET’s Achievement Awards and how to register for the awards ceremony.

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