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InstMC Awards


The InstMC Prizes and Awards committee recognises those who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of measurement and control by presenting annual awards. We also recognise the efforts of our many hugely committed volunteers who contribute regionally and nationally to our activities. 

InstMC hosts an annual evening ceremony in October where the prizes and awards are presented, and the winner of the Sir Harold Hartley Award presents the Guest Lecture.  

Members are invited to nominate recipients for any of these awards at any time, but a call for nominations is sent to members early in January. Please submit nominations to the Chief Executive by email to Steff Smith

Awards – recognising professional excellence

Ten awards are presented annually and the Sir George Thomson Award quinquennially.

  • Sir George Thomson Award – acknowledges contributions to measurement science resulting in fundamental improvements in the understanding of the nature of the physical world.
  • Oxburgh Award – awarded to any person whose contribution to measurement, instrumentation and control in the field of environmental science and engineering is of outstanding merit.
  • Sir Harold Hartley Award - for outstanding contribution to the technology of measurement and control.
  • The Callendar Award - for outstanding contribution to the art of instruments or measurement.
  • Honeywell International Award - for distinguished work in control by Chartered Measurement and Control Technologists.
  • Finkelstein Award - for notable contributions to measurement internationally.
  • Cornish Award – given to an individual, group or company that has excelled in some dimension of scientific instrument making within industry, academia, national or international laboratories. This award is sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers (WCSIM).
  • Institute Award for Exceptional Early Career Engineers - given to any individual, regardless of age, who is within approximately 10 years of starting work in Engineering, in the fields of Measurement, Instrumentation or Control, demonstrating an 'over and above' level of achievement for their level. 
  • The Tallantire Award awarded for exceptional commitment and service to the Institute and to achieving its aims and objectives.
  • Honorary Fellowship – recognising distinguished, and normally long, service to the Institute and or measurement and control.
  • L B Lambert Award - for meritorious service to the Institute particularly, but not exclusively, through involvement with Local Sections.