IET announces 16 Honorary Fellows to mark 150th year

08 October 2020

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Marking its 150th year, sixteen world-leading engineers & technologists have been awarded Honorary Fellowships from the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) for their outstanding contributions to engineering & technology.

Pioneering women engineers and technologists, Kimberly Bryant (founder of Black Girls CODE), Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon (co-founder & CEO of Stemettes) and June Angelides (founder of Mums in Technology) lead the line-up, alongside Dr Eben Upton (Chief Executive of Raspberry Pi).

The 16 Honorary Fellows for 2020 are:

•    Professor Herzl Aharoni, Professor Emeritus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in recognition of his research achievements in semiconductor technology.

IET 2020 Honorary Fellows_Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon

•    Ms June Angelides, founder & CEO of Mums in Technology, in recognition of her founding Mums in Technology and the promotion of opportunities for under-represented groups in technology.

•    Dr Christopher Bruce, IET volunteer, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

•    Ms Kimberly Bryant, founder & Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, in recognition of her founding Black Girls CODE and the promotion of opportunities in STEM careers.

•    Professor Mark E Dean, John Fisher Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Tennessee, in recognition of his contribution to the development of the colour computer monitor, the Industry Standard Architecture system bus and the first gigahertz chip.

•    Dr Hannah Fry, Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL, in recognition of her contribution to the public understanding of science.

IET 2020 Honorary Fellows_Dr Eben Upton

•    Professor Stephanie Haywood, Emeritus Professor of Optoelectronic Engineering, University of Hull, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the engineering profession.

•    Professor Askwar Hilonga, founder, Gongali Model, in recognition of his model of a low-cost water purification nanofilter.

•    Mrs Virginia Hodge, Director, Heron Associates and IET volunteer, in recognition of her outstanding service to the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

•    Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, co-founder & CEO of Stemettes, in recognition of her co-founding of Stemettes and the promotion of women in STEM careers.

•    Eur Ing Savvas Savvides, IET volunteer, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

IET 2020 Honorary Fellows_June Angelides

•    Professor Will Stewart, Visiting Professor, University of Southampton and IET volunteer, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

•    Professor Eleanor Stride, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford, in recognition of her contribution to biomedical engineering and research into the treatment of major diseases.

•    Dr Eben Upton, Chief Executive, Raspberry Pi, in recognition of his design and development of the Raspberry Pi device.

•    Professor Bernard Weiss, IET volunteer, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

•    Ms Sophie Wilson, English computer scientist, in recognition of her contribution to the design of the ARM architecture and the development of ARM microprocessors.

IET 2020 Honorary Fellows_Professor Herzl Aharoni

On awarding the Honorary Fellowships, Professor Danielle George MBE, IET President said: “I am delighted that we are able to mark the outstanding achievements of these talented individuals in our 150th year, with one of the IET’s highest honours, Honorary Fellowship. As distinguished engineers and technologists, they have each excelled in their professions and have made a vast contribution as pioneers of important areas in the engineering and technology industries. They should all be very proud of their achievements – with each award being extremely well-deserved.

The awards were officially announced during Danielle George’s inaugural President’s Address, ‘150 years of difference makers’, which took place online via YouTube on October 8th at 1pm BST / 2pm CET / 8pm CST / 8am EDT / 5am PDT. Find out more and view the full President's Address on demand at:

IET 2020 Honorary Fellows_Sophie Wilson

A full list of the IET’s Honorary Fellows can be found at:

Quotes from the Honorary Fellows (in alphabetical order):

•    Professor Herzl Aharoni said: “It is a great honour and I feel very privileged and delighted to receive the Honorary Fellow grade from the IET on its 150 year anniversary. I would like to thank the IET authorities that elected me for this distinguished honour. I will carry it with pride and humility.

IET 2020 Honorary Fellows_Professor Mark E Dean

    “I accept this recognition with gratitude as it was awarded to me for my life research on semiconductor based electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices for over fifty years.

    “I would like to wish the IET that the next 150 years will be as productive and fruitful as the last.

•    Ms June Angelides said: “When I got the letter, if I’m honest, it was total disbelief. When I started Mums in Tech, I did it out of pure passion and to be in service to other mothers like me. I never in a million years expected such an incredible recognition and to be in such esteemed company. I am really honoured to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship, especially in these unusual times. I hope it inspires girls and women around the world to follow their passions. I hope it shows them that even with little resources, if you are passionate, you can bring people on the journey with you and together you can achieve a lot. I want all the future female engineers to know they have allies, men and women alike rooting for them. We need them.

•    Dr Christopher Bruce, IET volunteer said: “I joined the IEE in 1962 and was encouraged by a colleague to join the vibrant IEE London Graduate & Student Section. Subsequently I have had a number of IEE/IET volunteer roles but I never, for a moment, expected to receive an Honorary Fellowship of the IET, an enormous honour.

    “My 43 years of academic/industrial career saw many highs and some lows. My annual and most important high was seeing my students graduate. I am certain that many of these graduates are now part of the IET – their professional home for life, as it has been for me.

IET 2020 Honorary Fellows_Professor Eleanor Stride

•    Professor Mark E Dean said: “It is a great honour to be made an Honorary Fellow for the Institution of Engineering and Technology in its 150th year, especially the recognition given for my contribution to computer science across the globe.

•    Professor Stephanie Haywood said: “I am delighted, surprised and honoured to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the IET. Amongst previous recipients, there are so many distinguished engineers and supporters of the profession whom I admire, that I can’t quite believe I am joining this list.

•    Professor Askwar Hilonga said: “It is with great thanks that I accept the award of Honorary Fellowship of the IET in recognition of my invention of the nanofilter, a low-cost water filter. I’m honoured to join a list of world-renowned engineers who hold this prestigious title.

•    Mrs Virginia Hodge said: “I am delighted and honoured to be recognised by the IET with the award of Honorary Fellowship, especially as it’s the IET’s 150th anniversary year.  It was totally unexpected and to be considered to be an equal, in the eyes of the IET, as, Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Dame Ann Dowling, Dame Judith Hackitt as well as other stalwarts of the Volunteering Community, is an incredible recognition.

    “I started volunteering for the IET in 1987 when I joined the Solent Young Professionals and have held numerous positions since, including Vice-President on the Board of Trustees.

IET 2020 Honorary Fellows_Professor Askwar Hilonga

    “I’m passionate about encouraging more young women into the engineering profession, something I have championed throughout my time volunteering and I hope this accolade helps to demonstrate to the next generation that engineering is for everyone.

•    Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon said: “It’s been 150 years and I’m so pleased that the IET has seen fit to bestow an Honorary Fellowship on me. As a technologist who loves what we do, and wants so much better for the field, I hope this Fellowship signals a step forward for the Institution - here’s to more Anne-Maries being accepted, respected and celebrated across technical fields.

•    Eur Ing Savvas Savvides said: “I am deeply touched and honoured to be awarded this prestigious IET Honorary Fellowship. I recently retired after a long successful career (45 years) both in industry and academia.

    “I am very proud to have served as an IET Volunteer for more than 37 years, and to have had the chance to inspire, inform and influence students, young and other professionals, as well as organise numerous international conferences, seminars, short courses and lectures.

    “I also had the chance to promote professional registration and encourage my peers to join and share the benefit of being linked to a globally recognised professional body such as the IET, which is incredibly rewarding.


•    Professor Will Stewart said: “I am very honoured to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the IET, a globally recognised and leading engineering institution.

    “I feel proud to have volunteered and represented the IET throughout the years in the public sphere, particularly around the importance of engineering in shaping the modern, digital world.

    “I hope to continue to support this important message, especially in the present, difficult circumstances where engineering really is behind the advancement of the world we live in for the benefit of society.

•    Professor Eleanor Stride said: “Receiving an Honorary Fellowship from the IET was the most wonderful surprise. I’m delighted and honoured and immensely grateful to the IET for its exceptional support of engineering across all its different branches.

•    Dr Eben Upton said: “I’m delighted to have been made an Honorary Fellow of the IET. This is a fantastic piece of recognition for all the engineers and other professionals who have worked to make Raspberry Pi, the device and the organisation, a success over the past decade.

•    Professor Bernard Weiss said: “I am delighted and proud to be awarded an IET Honorary Fellowship and join the list of many very eminent engineers.  This is very special as it is the 150th anniversary of the Institution.  I have been a volunteer for more than 30 years and have enjoyed being involved in scholarships, medals, degree accreditation and publications and have met many exceptional people who have extended my knowledge of engineering.

•    Ms Sophie Wilson said: “I’m very surprised and pleased to receive this honour on the 150th anniversary of the founding of the IET. The work of engineers is needed more than ever before to make a better world.

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