Sidney Fellows win international prizes

Members of the Sidney Fellowship have scooped prizes for a variety of projects and papers including work on the Rwandan national stadium cricket pavilion, a paper looking at the effects of stator platform geometry features on blade row performance, and a piece addressing the issue of jurisdictional rights in the tenth and eleventh centuries.

The Institute of Structural Engineers revealed the winners for the 2018 Structural Awards, and Dr Michael Ramage, Fellow and Director of Studies in Architecture, was part of a team that scooped the award for small projects for their work on the Rwandan national stadium cricket pavilion. Michael led the design of the vaults for the project. 

The judges described the roof, with its three parabolic arches of decreasng scale, as eye-catching and a witty play on the parabolic path of a bouncing ball. The judges noted, "This project demonstrates that local skills and local materials can come together to build something outstanding and of its time. This project is likely to become a local landmark."

Dr John Longley, Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering, was awarded the 2019 Global Power and Propulsion Society (GPPS) Best Paper Award for his paper, "Effects of stator platform geometry features on blade row performance". This award is given in recognition for outstanding technical and professional contributions. John will receive his award in Zurich in January 2019.

A further commendation arrived for Dr Tom Lambert, Sidney's Osborn Fellow in Early Medieval History and Culture, who has been awarded the American Society for Legal History's Sutherland Prize for his essay "Jurisdiction as Property in England, 900-1100", published in Legalism: Property and Ownership (OUP), edited by Georgy Kantor, Tom Lambert and Hannah Skoda. The prize is named in honour of the late Donald W. Sutherland, a distinguished historian of the law of medieval England and a mentor of many students, and is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Sutherland Prize Committee to the person (or persons) who wrote the best article on English legal history published in the previous year.

It was noted that the field was a very strong one, with Tom's article standing out among the hundreds read by the committee for its clarity and cogency, with all five members of the committee independently placing it in their top three.

Tom also received an 'honourable mention' for his book, Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford University Press, 2017) from the American Society for Legal History for the Peter Gonville Stein Book Award. This award is presented annually for the best book in legal history written in English published during the previous calendar year. The Stein Award is named in memory of Peter Gonville Stein who was an eminent scholar of Roman Law at the University of Cambridge.

Congratulations to Michael, John, and Tom on these fantastic achievements!

News item posted Monday, 26th November 2018

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