Professor Terry Jones has been awarded the prestigious Silver Medal by the Royal Aeronautical Society for his lifetime contributions to Aerospace. Professor Jones led the Department of Engineering Science Turbo-machinery Research Group from 1988 to 2005 and was responsible for many engineering innovations, which include the invention of the Isentropic Light Piston Tunnel (ILPT) used for turbine research.

Professor Terry Jones (right) is pictured here being presented with his Silver Medal by the President of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Mr Lee Balthazor, at a recent dinner for award winners.

Founded in 1866, the Royal Aeronautical Society has played a pivotal role in the evolution of aerospace technology, and in harnessing technology to realise military and commercial aircraft. The Society has always been associated with the key personalities working in aerospace today, while helping the development of those who will be the aerospace leaders of tomorrow. Although the Royal Aeronautical Society remains rich in tradition it is, and always has been, at the forefront of new technologies, new people and new ideas.

The Royal Aeronautical Society has been honouring outstanding achievers in the global aerospace industry since 1909, when Wilbur and Orville Wright came to London to receive the Society’s first Gold Medal. In the years that have followed, honouring world aerospace achievers has become a permanent tradition of the Society as “the world’s most prestigious and long-standing aerospace awards honouring achievement, innovation and excellence”.  The awards continue to be ground-breaking in recognising outstanding achievement in a fast changing industry.

The Society awards RAeS Medals and Specialist Awards to both individuals and teams. The Specialist Awards are intended to cover the full range of aerospace disciplines.

The Society’s Medals and Awards Committee assess and endorse applications from all around the world with the help of leading figures from the international aerospace industry including individuals involved in research, education, government and the armed forces. Any individual or team who has made an exceptional contribution to aerospace, anywhere in the world is eligible.

Professor Terry Jones said: “I am extremely pleased and honoured to receive the RAeS Silver Medal for my research over the years spent at Oxford. I wish to thank all my colleagues and staff in the Thermofluids Laboratory at Osney for making the Laboratory such a success: not forgetting the research students, fifty of whom I personally supervised”.

Professor Jones added: “The multidisciplinary nature of the Department of Engineering Science plus the collaboration with Rolls Royce gave an ideal environment for the research to flourish. Consequently the research was relevant to the needs of industry and today, the Laboratory has moved to new premises, at Osney, enabling future expansion of the work.  I have always found the latter to be most enjoyable and am sure that those in the future will engage in engineering development and design with the same enthusiasm”.

Acknowledgement: The Royal Aeronautical Society