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Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture

Nozzle-Pressurised Gyration
A novel polymer fibre manufacturing process, Nozzle-Pressurised Gyration, which massively enhances the benefits of Pressurised Gyration, has been created in 2022. It can be used vertically (shown here) or horizontally, and produces more uniform aligned fibres. While having the capability of generating high fibre yields, it draws on the benefit of having nozzles rather than orifices on the vessel, which impart fibre uniformity and alignment.

Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture winner 2024

Professor Mohan Edirisinghe

The Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture 2024 is awarded to Professor Mohan Edirisinghe for seminal research in engineering science of making small structures from soft matter in novel scalable ways, creating new frontiers in functional applications causing major advances in manufacturing and healthcare. 

The award

The Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture is given for outstanding contributions in the field of engineering. The lectureship was originally endowed by The General Electric Company in memory of Clifford Paterson FRS, who founded the GEC Research Laboratories in 1919. Originally the lectures were given on electrical science and technology but this was later broadened to any aspect of engineering. The first lecture was given in 1975. The medal is of bronze, is awarded biennially and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000. 


The Clifford Paterson medal and lecture is open to UK/Commonwealth/Republic of Ireland citizens or those who have been residents for three or more years. There are no restrictions on career stage and nominations will remain valid and shall be considered by the award selection committee throughout three nomination cycles. 


Nominations for this award will open in November 2024.

Past winners

Professor Anne Neville OBE FREng FRS for her innovative research into corrosion and tribology and the successful application of this to wide-ranging, real life, engineering problems.

Dr Jacqueline Cole was awarded the Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture 2020 for the development of photo-crystallography and the discovery of novel high-performance nonlinear optical materials and light-harvesting dyes using molecular design rules.

Professor Timothy Leighton FREng FRS was awarded the Clifford Paterson Medal in 2018 and presented his lecture The acoustic bubble: climate change, spaceships, dolphins, and the antibiotic apocalypse.

Professor Russell Cowburn FRS was awarded the Clifford Paterson Medal in 2016 and presented his lecture The attractions of magnetism: chips, cancer and crime

See full list of all past winners of the Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture.

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