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Winner of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering - Dr Robert Langer

Chemical engineer Dr Robert Langer has just been announced as the winner of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering ‘for his revolutionary advances and leadership in engineering at the interface with chemistry and medicine’.

Dr Robert LangerDr Langer was the first person to engineer polymers to control the delivery of large molecular weight drugs for the treatment of diseases such as cancer and mental illness. Over two billion lives have been improved worldwide by the technologies that Dr Langer’s laboratory has created.

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, also known as the QEPrize, is a global engineering £1million prize that celebrates engineers who have changed the world, solved humanity’s most challenging problems and made the biggest impact on society.

Lord Browne, chair of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, announced the winner in London. The Queen will present Dr Langer with the prize at Buckingham Palace later this year.

The objective of the QEPrize is ‘to raise the public profile of engineering, and to inspire young people and engage them in engineering’. It is run by a charitable company, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, and day-to-day running of the Prize is carried out by a team at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The prize was launched in 2011 by a cross-party line up of the UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband. Professor Eleanor Stride, from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, who was present at the launch said: “It is fantastic to have Biomedical Engineering celebrated through the award of the QEPrize and to recognise the incredible achievements of Dr Langer”.

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation aims state that ‘engineering drives economic progress. In 2011, 24% of UK turnover was dependent on engineering. By 2020 we will need a further 1.25 million science, engineering and technology professional and technicians. We will only meet this demand if many more young people consider engineering as a career…and ensure that more young women (currently 6% of professional engineers) pursue the career’.

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