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ECS academic receives prestigious Callendar Medal

Published: 
24 September 2009
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Professor Neil White of the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science received the Callendar Medal of the Institute of Measurement & Control at an awards dinner held this week at the Royal Society, London.

In awarding this year's Callendar Medal to Professor White, the Institute recognized the breadth of contribution to the field of instrumentation and measurement.

The Medal commemorates Professor H L Callendar, FRS, and is presented annually to an engineer or scientist who has, through invention, design or application, or through a series of outstanding papers or articles in the field of measurement, made significant contributions to the art of instruments or measurement.

Commenting on this honour, Professor White said: 'I am delighted, and somewhat flattered, to receive this award. Measurement is an important aspect of modern life and it is very gratifying for my efforts in this field to be recognised by such an esteemed institution.'

During the ceremony, the Institute noted Professor White's extensive research into novel sensor technologies, intelligent instrumentation and alternative energy sources based on electromagnetic and piezoelectric techniques. A desire to explore applications for the latter led to the creation of Perpetuum Ltd, a University spin-out company, of which Professor White is a founder instigator.

Perpetuum was set up to exploit work in the area of energy harvesting and its researchers have developed small, inexpensive wireless sensor systems with RF data transmission. The patented vibration harvesting microgenerator produces sufficient energy from relatively low levels of vibration to power the systems so they require no external power supplies or batteries.

For further information contact Joyce Lewis; tel. +44(0)23 8059 5453.

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