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BP congratulates the first winners of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Release date:
17 March 2013

BP today has congratulated a group of internet and World Wide Web pioneers on becoming the first winners of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.


Five engineers Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin, Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen who created the Internet and the World Wide Web have together won the inaugural £1 million prize for their innovations, which have revolutionised the way we communicate and enabled the development of whole new industries.


Bob Dudley, BP Group Chief Executive said: ‘At BP we rely on talented engineers, scientists and technologists to help provide the vital energy needed to heat, light and power the economic development of the world. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering celebrates the application of innovation and engineering excellence to some of the great challenges facing the world today.”


“The inaugural winners of this great prize demonstrate plainly how engineering touches all of our lives, every day, in ways we may not always identify as engineering. Together, their work has transformed our world, radically changing how we manage information, communicate, and connect. I believe their achievements are an inspiration, particularly to young people who may seek an exciting and rewarding career in engineering,” he added.


BP is a founder donor to the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, contributing £2m over five years.


More information about the prize can be found on www.qeprize.org


BP Educational Service (BPES) has been playing its part on developing engineers of the future by providing teaching resources to UK schools since 1968. It continues to be a welcome source of industrial context to support the teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business subjects both at primary and secondary school levels.


BP launched the new BPES website at www.bp.com/bpes in September 2012. There are now almost 38,000 registered users on the site, with over 3600 schools using our resources. More than one in three secondary schools use BPES resources.


BPES resources underpin the employee-led activities with local schools as part of the Schools Link programme. It currently engages with around 190 schools close to major BP sites in the UK, with hundreds of BP employees demonstrating the context for STEM subjects in the BP workplace. It also supports over 100 work experience placements at these sites each year.


BP is a founding supporter of Project Enthuse at the National Science Learning Centre in York (www.stem.org.uk/project-enthuse), enabling over 3,000 science teachers and technicians each year across the UK to benefit from excellent continuing professional development training and support, improving pupil attainment in their schools.

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BP Press Office, London, 44 (0)207 496 4076, bppress@bp.com