I am sure we all have chemical engineers who inspired us, who may have shaped our careers or who we hold up as role models. For we all, as Newton modestly said, “stand on the shoulders of giants”. As part of our ChemEng Evolution centenary, with its ‘celebrate, communicate, inspire’ strapline, as part of our ‘inspire’ thread we wanted to capture some of that personal inspiration from the past. So we asked IChemE Past Presidents to identify the chemical engineer who inspired them most and to explain why in a short summary that may pass that inspiration on to others. They responded enthusiastically and their stories have been fascinating in their variety and diversity; some of the chemical engineers chosen are household names, some did key work in the background recognised by peers but not further afield and some remain anonymous. Yet they all made a difference, through their engineering and through changing the direction of at least one person’s life. So read on to learn about the different ways chemical engineers can be an inspiration – and perhaps ask yourself, “who inspired me?” If you want to share that, we would love to hear from you; please email ChemEngEvolution@icheme.org with your story
Past President John McGagh talks about a Chemical Engineer that changed his life; a chance meeting - however, he never got to know his name.
Past President Sir William Wakeham introduces the chemical engineer who he believes has inspired him the most, Robert Byron Bird.
Past President Sir David Harrison introduces the Chemical Engineer that inspired him the most, Professor Terrence Fox.
Past President Des King introduces the chemical engineer that inspired him the most, Lew Frederickson.
Past President Andrew Jamieson introduces the chemical engineer that inspired him the most, "Jim" the process operator from Shell, New Haven.
Chair of Congress Nigel Hirst introduces the Chemical Engineer that inspired him the most, Roger James Kingsley
Past President Ken Rivers introduces the chemical engineer who inspired him the most, Trevor Kletz
Past President Ian Shott introduces the chemical engineer who inspired him the most, Professor Robert Langer Jr.
Past President Robin Batterham introduces an inspirational chemical engineer in Henry Reginald Clive Pratt.
Past President Geoff Maitland introduces the chemical engineer who inspired him the most, Professor John Richard Anthony Pearson
Past President Julia Higgins introduces the Chemical Engineer who inspired her the most, Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau.
Past President John Perkins introduces Roger Sargent, who he believes is the chemical engineer who inspired him the most in the profession.
Past President Ian Shott highlights a chemical engineer who inspired him during his time as an undergraduate at Imperial College, Professor Henry Sawistowski
Past President Russell Scott introduces his father Reg Scott, who he names as the chemical engineer who inspired him the most.
Past President Ramesh Mashelkar introduces Man Mohan Sharma as the chemical engineer who has inspired them the most.
Past President Greg Lewin introduces the chemical engineer who inspired him the most, Professor David George Wood.