Prof David MacKay, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), was presented with the Energy Institute (EI)'s prestigious Melchett Award at a ceremony held in London on 10 June.
David MacKay was appointed as DECC’s Chief Scientific Advisor in 2009. His role is to ensure that DECC’s policies and operations, and their contributions to wider Government issues, are underpinned by the best science and engineering advice available. Prof MacKay studied Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge University. From 2003 to 2013 he held a professorship in the Department of Physics at Cambridge, and in 2013 he was appointed the Regius Professor of Engineering at Cambridge. He devotes much of his time to public teaching on energy issues. His book on the subject, Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air, has received endorsements from all sectors and political parties.
Louise Kingham OBE FEI, Chief Executive, Energy Institute, says, ‘Prof MacKay’s enthusiasm for providing information on sustainable energy and climate change in an accessible and relevant way is hugely valuable. He has a strong scientific and engineering background, along with a passion for communication and a no-nonsense approach to the efforts needed to respond to the challenges of a sustainable energy future. On behalf of the Energy Institute, I am delighted to see Prof MacKay’s work recognised in this way with the EI’s most distinguished award for individual achievement.’
Prof David MacKay adds, ‘Throughout my time as Chief Scientific Advisor at DECC, I have been delighted by the warm support of the UK’s energy community. Experts from all sectors, and especially from industry, have been fantastically supportive of the aspiration that our energy policies should be developed on the best possible foundation of honest, numerate, and open evidence.’
The EI Melchett Award is one of the most prestigious within the EI’s gift and is named after one of the first EI Presidents, The Rt Hon Sir Alfred Mond, later to become Lord Melchett and Chairman of ICI. It is presented for outstanding work, whether in research, administration, construction or other professional activity, involving the scientific preparation or use of energy.