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Professor John Fothergill receives distinguished engineering award

City's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) is the recipient of the IEEE 2014 Thomas W. Dakin Distinguished Technical Contributions Award.
by John Stevenson

Professor John Fothergill is the recipient of the 2014 Thomas W Dakin Distinguished Technical Contributions Award. The award has been made by the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

nullAppointed in 2012 as City University London's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise), Professor Fothergill was selected for his "outstanding, original technical contributions in advancing the science and technology of dielectrics and electrical insulation".

First given in 1978, the award is named in honour of the late Thomas W. Dakin, a world renowned American specialist in insulation for electric machinery. It is awarded biennially.

Professor Fothergill is delighted with news of his award: 

"I feel privileged, honoured and delighted to have been nominated for this award. It allows me to celebrate a body of research that I hope has underpinned industrial developments that are important to society."

The award will be presented at the Electrical Insulation Conference which takes place in Philadelphia, USA, in June. Professor Fothergill will give the opening plenary lecture describing the way in which his research has contributed to the development of high-voltage DC power cables, which are set to become the pan-continental "super highways" for transmitting huge amounts of electrical power over long distances.

Following his PhD from the University of Wales (Bangor) in 1980, he worked for Standard Telecommunication Labs on power cable development until 1984. He then moved to the University of Leicester where he set up a high voltage laboratory. In 1992, he co-authored a book on the Electrical Degradation and Breakdown in Polymers, which has received 800 citations. Following the award of a personal chair in 2000, he became Dean of Science, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), and Head of Engineering.

He has attracted research grants totalling approximately £7 million. He also acts as a consultant.

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