IOP members are recognised in New Year Honours

4 January 2016

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, a fellow of the IOP, has been admitted to the Order of Merit in the New Year Honours for her services in mechanical engineering.

Ann Dowling

Dame Ann is a fellow of the Royal Society and was made a Dame in 2007. She was head of the department of engineering at the University of Cambridge in 2009-14 and is president of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The Order of Merit is awarded to those who have rendered exceptionally meritorious services towards the advancement of the arts, learning, literature and science. The award is in the personal gift of the Queen, and is limited to 24 living recipients.

Professor David Mackay, also a fellow of the IOP, has been knighted in the New Year Honours. Mackay, who is Regius Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, received the honour for services to scientific advice in government and science outreach. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, was chief scientific adviser to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2009-14, and is the author of a celebrated book on energy consumption and production, Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air.

His research interests have included machine learning, information theory and communications software.

Dr Herman Hauser, an honorary fellow of the IOP, has been awarded an honorary knighthood for services to engineering and industry. His award was first announced in April, but included in the list of the Queen’s honorary awards for foreign nationals, which was released around the same time as the New Year Honours. Hauser is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist who is one of the founders of the Cambridge Network and a co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners.

IOP fellow Professor Cait MacPhee has been awarded a CBE for services to women in physics. She is Professor of Biological Physics in the Institute of Condensed Matter and Complex Systems at the University of Edinburgh. Her additional interests include astrobiology and overcoming the challenges and barriers to women in STEM.

An honorary OBE was awarded to IOP fellow Dr Uschi Steigenberger, for services to science. Steigenberger is the former director of operations at ISIS at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. She was part of the IOP’s review of women in the physics workplace that led on to the Institute’s Juno Project to counter underrepresentation of women in university physics departments.