Patrick Kniveton

president institution of mechanical engineers

Patrick Kniveton, was destined for a career in engineering from an early age, designing his own amplifiers and putting on light shows for school plays and discos in his teens. He was always questioning things, displaying an interest not just in how things worked but also in how they could be improved. Now head of engineering and improvement at Rolls Royce Marine Power, Kniveton became the 128th president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2013, which he cites as one of his greatest achievements. However, he has many to choose from: he is credited with leading the installation of the Isaac Newton telescope, and with pioneering traffic signal technology which is still in use today. 

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