Inventor 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 Holmes – and 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