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 lectureship is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £2,000.
The Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture is given biennially (in odd years) to an outstanding researcher in the field of electrical engineering.
Professor Russell Cowburn FRS was awarded the Clifford Paterson
Medal and Lecture 2016 for his remarkable academic, technical and commercial
achievements in nano-magnetics.
Professor Polina Bayvel FREng was awarded the Clifford Paterson Lecture 2014 for her fundamental research in high bandwidth digital communications and nonlinear optics.
See full list of all past winners of the Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture.