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Philip Ruffles

Philip Ruffles

Professor Philip Ruffles CBE FREng FRS


Elected: 1998


Philip Ruffles is an aerospace engineer renowned for his work on the development and design of world-leading gas turbine engines. For much of his career, Philip worked at British aerospace company Rolls-Royce, where he served as Director of Engineering and Technology from 1997 to 2001.

During his time at Rolls-Royce, he was particularly influential in designing the RB211 and Trent engines, which have helped the company to retain its dominant position in the international marketplace. Currently an adviser to Bladon Jets, he continues to contribute to the development of next-generation aerospace technologies, including ultra-efficient micro gas turbines.

Philip has won numerous awards for his work, including the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Gold Medal and the MacRobert Award of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Made a CBE in 2001 for his services to the aerospace and defence industries, in 2011 he received the prestigious Glazebrook Medal from the Institute of Physics for fostering links between universities and industry.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Engineering
    • Engineering, general, Engineering, mechanical, Engineering, aeronautical
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