London, Jun 11: A P J Abdul Kalam, former Indian President was honoured with one of the Britain's top engineering awards. Kalam, who is on a lecture tour of Britain and Ireland, was presented the 2008 International Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering at a gala dinner in London on Tuesday, Jun 9.
Lord John Browne, former chief executive of British Petroleum and the Academy President presented the award. According to the Royal Academy, the International Medal is awarded occasionally to an individual resident outside the European Union for his or her "outstanding and sustained personal achievement in the broad field of engineering, including commercial or academic leadership".
Academy's Senior Fellow Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and a man who is famous for making controversial off-the-cuff remarks were present at the dinner. Royal Academy spokeswoman said that the Prince gave away the 40th MacRobert Award, the Britain's biggest proze for engineering innovation, to the British firm Arup.