HRH The Duke of
Edinburgh has been awarded the prestigious Bessemer Gold Medal from the
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, particularly notable in
2013 as the bicentenary year of Sir Henry Bessemer’s birth.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was
presented with the award for his outstanding support for engineering technology
and materials innovation to the benefit of mankind. The longest surviving recipient of this medal is Her Majesty The
Queen. IOM3 President Jon Binner and Past-President Jan Lewis visted Buckingham Palace to present the award (pictured above).
Sir Henry Bessemer was
one of the founding members of the Iron and Steel Institute, which was formed
in 1869. He succeeded the Duke of Devonshire as the second President of the
Institute and held office in 1871–1873. During this tenure, he provided a sum
of money to endow the annual award of the Bessemer Gold Medal for outstanding
contributions to the industry.
The Bessemer Gold Medal
became the premier award of the Iron and Steel Institute and its successors,
The Metals Society, The Institute of Metals and now the Institute of Materials,
Minerals and Mining.