Professor Hugh Griffiths, a world authority in the field of radar research and the leading UK radar engineer of his generation, has received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for his services to the engineering profession.
Prof. Griffiths is the Thales/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of RF Sensors at UCL and a long-established volunteer for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Nominated by the IET, he was awarded the honour for his ground-breaking research in the continuing development of radar systems, including bistatic radar and its applications, and his influential role as a research engineer, educator and scientific advisor.
On learning of his award, Prof. Griffiths said: “I am thrilled at this honour, which recognises the importance of radar in the UK and worldwide. I am hugely grateful to all of the engineers and scientists who I have worked with and learned from over the years.”
Mike Carr, IET President, said: “It is fantastic to see Prof. Griffiths awarded with an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list and to have his achievements and services to engineering recognised in this way.
“His research has allowed the design of greatly improved radars for a wide range of applications including air traffic control, geophysical remote sensing, defence and security.
“It is a great way to end 2018 – the Government’s Year of Engineering – and celebrate the vast contribution engineering and technology makes to advancing the world around us for the benefit of society.”
Prof. Griffiths received the IET A F Harvey Prize in 2012 – a global research prize which was awarded to aid his developmental research into the topic of bistatic radar.
He has contributed voluntarily to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly the Institution of Electrical Engineers) throughout his career, as member and chair of technical interest groups and honorary editor of professional peer-reviewed publications. He has made similar contributions to the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, of which he was President from 2012-2014.