Four engineers scoop £1m Queen’s prize for work on digital imaging sensors
5 Feb 2017
Four engineers have been awarded the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) for their work on the development of digital imaging sensors.
Michael Tompsett from the UK, Eric Fossum and George Smith from the US and Nobukazu Teranishi from Japan were awarded the £1 million prize for revolutionising the way visual information is captured and analysed.
We chose this innovation to win the QEPrize this year because it epitomises what the prize stands for
Christopher Snowden, chairman of the judging panel
The announcement was made by John Browne, a former group chief executive at oil and gas firm BP and current chairman of the QEPrize for Engineering Foundation.
Her Majesty the Queen will formally present the prize at Buckingham Palace later this year.
The prize was awarded for three innovations that have “radically changed the visual world”, the Foundation said.
They are: the charged couple device, the pinned photodiode and the complementary metal oxide semiconductor image sensor.
Christopher Snowden, chairman of the judging panel, said: “A picture is a universal form of communication. It can be shared instantly with anyone around the world, no matter what language they speak. We chose this innovation to win the QEPrize this year because it epitomises what the prize stands for.”