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Joseph Bramah Medal

The Joseph Bramah medal (Serial 205) is funded from The General Fund.

Trust Conditions

The Joseph Bramah Fund was established in 1968 at the instigation of Mr Frank Towler, a Fellow of the Institution (1932-1977), who arranged for its support by industry to commemorate Joseph Bramah, the inventor of a patent lock, the hydraulic press and other inventions concerned with pumps, water supply and the production of pipes and tubes by the extrusion process.

For the grant of scholarships and the annual award of a medal.

Award Conditions

A bronze medal and a cheque to be awrded for some outstanding achievement tending to advance the science of mechanical engineering, particularly in the field of hydraulic engineering.

Number of awards: 1 per annum
Value of award: £600 + bronze medal

For further information on the prizes and awards please email awards@imeche.org

Past Winners

2011
Professor Shinichi Yokota, Tokyo Institute of Technology, for outstanding contributions to fluid power research, particularly in the field of microhydraulic actuation and control.

2010
Professor Rudolf Scheidl, Johannes Kepler University, in recognition of his fundamental and applied research into mechatronic systems and hydraulic drives.

2009
Professor Monika Ivantysynova, Purdue University, for outstanding commitment to international fluid power research and education, particularly in the field of hydrostatic pumps and motors.

2008
Professor Siegfried Helduser, Technical University of Dresden, in recognition of his numerous contributions to the development of the fluid power industry through his research, teaching and professional activities.

2007
Dr Peter Achten, Innas BV in recognition of his exceptional innovation in the field of fluid power.

2006
Professor Serge Scavarda, INSA Lyon, for his work in fluid power, particularly his contributions to pneumatics coupled with his seminal research in Bond Graphs and his work on inverse design.

2005
Professor Matti J. Vilenius, Head of IHA TUT / IHA, for 'Outstanding Achievement Particularly in the Field of Hydraulic Engineering'.

2004
Prof Hans-Heinrich Harms, Director of the Institute Für Landmaschinen und Fluidtechnik, Technical University, Braunschweig, Germany. As the result of Prof Harms' outstanding technical ability and his excellent leadership, the Institute is the leading Centre in Germany for research into Agricultural Machinery and more generally in the area of construction machines.

2003
Mr Roy Cuthbert AMIMechE

2002
Mr John Bentley, for outstanding achievements in the advancement of high pressure hydraulics and water-based fluid components and systems.

2001
Prof Murrenhoff, for his internationally renowned research in the field of fluid power engineering.

2000
No winner

1999
Professor J Watton CEng FIMechE

1998
M D Kelley

1997
Professor Jan-Ove Palmberg

1996
Mr N Way BSc, for outstanding service to the industry.

1995
Dr W Dieter, for his key role in the growth of the Fluid Power Industry

1994
P J Wilson, for his contribution to the Fluid Power Industry.

1993
Professor C Burrows FREng CEng FIMechE, for his achievements in the field of hydraulics.

1992
R Koski, for his contribution to the resurgence of interest in Fluid Power in the USA and Beyond.

1991
Professor Dr Ing W Backe, for his achievement in the field of hydraulics.

1990
Dr K A Edge CEng FIMechE, for his contributions to the Science of Fluid Power.

1989
G Allison, for his continuous effort over the past several years towards the eradication of leaks from hydraulics.

1988
R B Walters CEng FIMechE, for his activity in the hydraulic industry since 1954, resulting in over 40 patented inventions, writing three editions of a textbook on ‘Hydraulic & Electro-Hydraulic Control Systems’, and writing the software modelling & simulation program used in industry and as a teaching aid.

1987
R E Knight FCGI BSc, for a lifetime’s work promoting pneumatics in industry

1986
F B Levetus OBE CEng FIMechE, for his contribution to advancing the Science of Mechanical Engineering, particularly in the field of Hydraulic Mechanisms, Hydrostatic Transmission and Servomechanisms.

1985
J F Nosworthy, for his services to the hydraulics industry.

1984
G C Knight, for his work with the National Coal Board in developing a testing laboratory. For his work on the BS, ISO and IMECO Committees and for his work with fire resistant hydraulic fluids for mining applications.

1983
No award

1982
M J Fisher, for his work on hydraulic research with BHRA

1981
F W Baggett CEng FIMechE
For his outstanding contributions to the advancement of mechanical engineering, particularly in hydraulics

1980
D Bick BSc MIMechE
For his outstanding contributions to the advancement of mechanical engineering, particularly in hydraulics.

1979
E H Bowers CEng FIMechE
For his contributions to the development of piston pumps ad hydrostatic transmissions, power matched systems, and directional control valves and for his work on national and international standardisation in the fluid power industry.

1978
Professor D E Bowns CEng MIMechE
For his contributions to the development of education if the field of fluid power engineering.

1977
No award

1976
P M M Price BSc ACGI CEng FIMechE
For his contributions to mechanical engineering by way of an elastohydrodynamic slipper pad which has improved the volumetric efficiency of an axial piston pump currently in production.

1975
J G Keenan BSc CEng FIMechE FRAeS
For outstanding achievements in the study of hydraulic mechanisms including hydraulic power transmission components and controls.

1974
C M Edgehill BSc
For his contributions to developments within the fluid power industry

1973
Professor W M J Schlosser
For work in the field of analogue models for comparative testing and evaluation of all forms of power transmissions using one and the same mathematical model.

1972
R H Y Hancock CEng MIMechE
For his contribution in the field of hydrostatic drives

1971
K Foster MA PhD CEng MIMechE
For his distinguished contributions to research and to the understanding and application of his researches in the fluid power industry.

1970
G P Copping, "Automatic Letter Facing" and "Stacking and Destacking Letters"

1969
No award

1968
B Lengyel PhD DipIng CEng MIMechE and Professor J M Alexander BSc PhD DSc CEng FIMechE, "Design of a Production Machine for Semi-continuous Hydrostatic Extrusion"

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