Biomedical pioneer wins top engineering prize

LangerRobert Langer, a pioneering biomedical engineer and entrepreneur whose inventions have transformed drug delivery and tissue engineering, has won the £1m Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Prof Langer, 66, runs the 100-strong bioengineering department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “It is a great honour to win what is by far the biggest engineering award in the world,” he told the Financial Times ahead of the prize announcement on Tuesday at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

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The prize, which the Queen will present to Professor Langer later this year, is a UK initiative intended to promote engineering globally. It makes up for the absence for a Nobel award for engineering, said Lord Browne, the former BP chief executive who chairs the prize foundation. He said he felt particularly honoured to be the sole winner of the 2015 prize – the second time it has been awarded. The first prize, presented in 2013, was shared by five people who developed the internet.