Centre Co-director (Children and Technology), Dr Andrew Manches, has been awarded the Tam Dalyell prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science.
The Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science is an annual prize to recognise and reward the University of Edinburgh’s outstanding science communicators in improving our society’s understanding of science and communicating the work of the University to those not within the scientific community.
In recent years, Andrew has brought together external grants, the development of new marketable products, industry engagement and taken all this to local and international arenas. Andrew's lecture was due to take place as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival in April 2020. As a result of COVID-19 Andrew's lecture will be scheduled later in the year.
Tam Dalyell was the 47th Rector of the University, a post he held from 2003 to 2006. He taught English, History and Mathematics at Bo’ness Academy from1956-61 and was seconded as a Director of Studies in the ship-school Dunera from 1961-62. He was MP for West Lothian from 1962 to 1983 and from 1983 to 2005 MP for Linlithgow.
He is the author of eight books and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. For 36 years from 1967 to 2005, Tam Dalyell was a weekly columnist for the New Scientist.