The award of an MBE is the latest in a string of prestigious accolades for Mark based on his international reputation as a materials scientist, engineer and science communicator. His research includes animate matter, smart materials, and novel manufacturing methods and is being carried out in collaboration with industry, hospitals and charities. He has published two books, including the highly awarded Stuff Matters, and more than 100 research publications in a wide selection of journals. Mark also presents accessible science TV programmes for the BBC and has given the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lecture.
For more than 10 years he has championed research that links the arts and humanities to materials science. This culminated in the establishment of UCL’s Institute of Making where he is director and runs the research programme.
On hearing he had been awarded an MBE, Mark said: “I feel amazed and honoured to have my work recognised by the Queen. It would not have been possible without the brilliant support of all my colleagues at UCL Engineering”
UCL Mechanical Engineering’s Head of Department Professor Yiannis Ventikos said: “We all feel immensely proud and delighted for this recognition that was bestowed upon Mark. It is a much deserved honour for a lifetime of extraordinary achievement in engineering and in communicating the wonders of engineering and materials science to the general public. The value of these contributions by Mark, especially at this time, is immense and is justly celebrated.”
Mark’s MBE comes shortly after having been awarded the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2017/18, which he will deliver at the Royal Society on February 20th. The award is named after Michael Faraday FRS, the influential inventor and electrical pioneer who was prominent in the public communication of science and founded the Christmas lectures at the Royal Institution. The first award was made in 1986 and recipients include Brian Cox, Richard Dawkins and Sir David Attenborough.
More about the Michael Faraday Prize Lecture 2017: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2018/02/faraday-prize-lecture/