Press release: Vidal Ashkenazi awarded OBE in 2017 New Year's Honours list for services to SCIENCE
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 5 January 2017
Nottingham, UK - Nottingham Scientific Ltd (NSL) is pleased to announce that Prof Vidal Ashkenazi, Founder and CEO of NSL, has been awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours List for Services to Science.
Vidal has been involved with the geodetic aspects of positioning by using satellites from the earliest days. In 1976 he was invited by the US National Geodetic Survey (NGS) to assist with the development of geodetic coordinate systems, the framework that is still used today by satellite navigation (satnav) and mapping systems.
Professor Ashkenazi was an academic at the University of Nottingham from 1965 to 1998, and the founding Director of the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy, one of the leading space geodesy research institutes in the world. He supervised around 50 doctoral (PhD) students, many of whom now occupy senior positions in universities and industry around the world.
He published several hundred papers in professional journals, and acted as a Consultant to a large number of government and commercial organisations in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
In the late 1990s, Vidal became aware that, although GPS was designed and developed as a military system, its main advantage to the US was economic. This was the message he delivered, when he was invited in 2003 to address the Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels, and hence the need for the EU to have its own Satellite Navigation System. Europe's Galileo system entered into service in December 2016.
Vidal Ashkenazi, who has doctorates in Philosophy and Physical Science from Oxford University, is a member of a large number of professional organisations, and has received distinction awards from several of them, most notably the Royal Institute of Navigation.
Following his academic career, Professor Ashkenazi founded Nottingham Scientific Ltd (NSL), to commercialise the innovation and expertise developed at Nottingham and other UK universities.
Vidal Ashkenazi is a recognised figure on the international scene of conferences and congresses, to which he is invited regularly either to deliver keynote presentations or to organise and chair Round Table Panel Discussions.
Speaking about his award, Vidal said:
“I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded an OBE. However, even more importantly, at long last this award recognises the contribution of scientists and technologists to society in terms of satellite positioning, navigation and timing.”
Notes to editors:
- NSL is a UK based SME providing world-leading satellite navigation technologies for applications and markets that are regarded as critical in terms of national policy, safety, and security.