Global engineering company Renishaw’s co-founders, Sir David McMurtry and John Deer have been honoured with the prestigious Swan Medal of the Institute of Physics.
To be presented at a special ceremony in October, the Swan Medal is named in honour of Sir Joseph Swan, a British physicist and chemist most famous for the invention of the incandescent light bulb. The medal recognises contributions to the organisation or application of physics in an industrial or commercial context every year.
This year's Swan Medal citation recognises Sir David, Renishaw's Chairman and Chief Executive, and John Deer, Deputy Chairman ‘for their role in founding Renishaw plc and leading it to become one of the world's principal manufacturers of metrology equipment’. The citation adds that the company was established in 1973 ‘to manufacture and sell sensor technology that had been developed by McMurtry for the accurate dimensional measurements necessary to assess variations in high precision component manufacturing’.
The citation goes on to note that ‘Given the fundamental importance of positional and dimensional measurement the company subsequently found many opportunities to expand into sectors as diverse as machine tool automation, machine calibration, motion control, spectroscopy and surgical robotics in the intervening period. This was achieved through a significant and consistent commitment to research and development’.
Speaking about the award, Ben Taylor, Renishaw's Assistant Chief Executive says that the organisation is extremely proud of Sir David and John, who have created a highly successful global company based on their founding principles of innovation, high quality manufacturing and excellent customer support.
Originally initiated in 2008 as the Business and Innovation Medal, but renamed in 2012 as the Swan Medal of the Institute of Physics, past winners include Dr Graham Batey of Oxford Instruments NanoScience, Professor Sir Michael Pepper of University College London, and Professor Sir Richard Friend and Dr David Fyfe of Cambridge University.
represents the Renishaw Group in Australia and New Zealand.