10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021
Prince Philip, one of IGEM’s Honorary Life Members, has died aged 99.
The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, was at the Queen's side for more than her six decades of reign. A statement issued by Buckingham Palace spoke of the Queen's “deep sorrow” following the death of her husband at Windsor Castle on 9 April.
President of IGEM Duncan Wong paid tribute to Prince Philip, saying he “was a great supporter of our institution and was passionate about the engineering profession throughout his life”.
“As President of the Council of Engineering Institutions in 1965, his efforts ultimately led to the creation of the professional registration pathways for engineers in the UK. This achievement is something our profession will remain enormously thankful for.
“His vision for engineering and technology then led directly to the creation of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1976, helping propel engineering to the fore with government and policy makers. He will be greatly missed,” he added.
IGEM historian and Fellow of the institution Geoffrey Lloyd echoed the President’s sentiments in his own tribute, saying: “I am sure that all of us at IGEM share in the profound sadness of the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“He was invited to become an Honorary Life Fellow at the 18th Autumn Research Meeting in 1952 and was a long-time supporter of the institution and, according to HRH The Prince of Wales, also an IGEM Honorary Member, 'not someone who suffered fools gladly'!
“A full-length coloured portrait of Her Majesty, patron of the institution, and an autographed portrait of His Royal Highness hang in the boardroom at IGEM House today.
“The Honorary Life Membership was conferred on the Duke by IGEM President WK Hutchison at the 93rd Annual General meeting on 29 May 1956, held at the Royal Festival Hall, London, a meeting attended by over 2,000 members and guests.
“’The Guv’nor’, as he was affectionately known by staff at the Palace, walked tall and exerted a commanding presence, not just within his own family, but on a wider stage. The privileges and trappings of becoming a Royal Consort would be a million miles away from the everyday lives of the ordinary rank and file of the people, and yet he always had a friendly wave and a firm handshake to many of them, apparently, he was a great 'hand-shaker'!” Requiescat in Pace