Dyson vacuum vies for place alongside bouncing bomb

whittleInventor and manufacturer James Dyson’s cyclonic vacuum cleaner may soon be ranked alongside iconic British engineering successes like Stephenson’s Rocket, Frank Whittle’s jet engine (pictured), Brunel’s iron ship and Barnes Wallace’s bouncing bomb in a new engineering hall of fame.

Dyson is among five nominees who will be vying to join The Best of British Engineers nominated to join their illustrious predecessors in an Engineering Hall of Fame devised by Semta, the  Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies.

The other contenders vying to take their place in history alongside their illustrious predecessors are mechanical engineer David Gow, electrical generation engineer Sam Etherington, inventor and entrepreneur Tim Morgan and Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design.

One of them will join the current crop of ten 19th and 20th century hall of famers – who also include John Rennie, Joseph Bazalgette, Sir Benjamin Baker, Sir John Ambrose Fleming, Dame Caroline Haslett and Verena Holmesand thus achieve ‘immortality’ alongside them at a ceremony in London on 12 February.

Semta COO Ann Watson said: “Britain’s engineers are still the best in the world – and we will be putting them on the world stage to take a bow alongside their illustrious predecessors. We are blowing away the myth that the best days of British engineering are behind us – we say not so.”

The public is invited to vote for the next resident of the Semta Hall of Fame online from today (13 January).

Copyright Ken Hurst 2014


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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