The Queen Elizabeth Prize (QEPrize) for Engineering is a global £1 million prize that celebrates the Engineers responsible for ground-breaking innovation that has been of benefit to humanity. The QEPrize was launched in 2011 to stand as an Engineering honour equivalent to a Nobel Prize.
The winner of the QEPrize 2015 was Dr. Robert Langer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA. Dr. Langer was the first person to engineer polymers to control the delivery of large molecular drugs for the treatment of diseases such as cancer and mental illness.
Speaking at the QEPrize announcement, HRH quoted an excerpt from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s recent piece in New Scientist magazine:
“Engineering is not just a profession to be learned and practised as a way of making a living. It is one of the few ways in which human talent can be given the chance to improve, and frequently to transform, the comfort and prosperity of the human community. In fact, engineering has made a greater positive difference to human life than almost any other human endeavour.”