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McLaren's Ron Dennis awarded engineering medal 10 Jun 2008

(L to R): Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren with Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 6 June 2008

McLaren team principal Ron Dennis has been awarded the Prince Philip Medal by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering. The event, which took place in London on Monday night, is held annually to celebrate innovation and excellence in engineering.

“Ron Dennis has founded and led a world-leading engineering enterprise that is probably the most visible and compelling example of high performance engineering available,” explained Professor Keith Glover FR Eng from the Academy. “His exceptional contribution to engineering is not only seen in the motorsports domain but is also evident in the public perception of engineering.”

The Prince Philip Medal was commissioned by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1989 to be presented to engineers who have ‘made an exceptional contribution to engineering as a whole through practice, management or education’. Past recipients include Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, who invented the jet engine.

“When you look at the list of past winners, I feel flattered and honoured to have been selected for this award,” added Dennis. “In truth, though, it's an award for all who work at McLaren, not just for me.”