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Congratulations to AWE's Dr Brian Lambourn, MBE

Brian was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June for services to defence. The MBE is awarded for outstanding achievement or service to the community, which has had a long-term, significant impact and stands out as an example to others. 

He received his MBE from HM The Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace recently.  He said: ““It was a very great honour to meet the Queen and it was a lovely and memorable day. It was all very well ordered at the Palace. All the recipients had a briefing by a very tall distinguished looking gentleman. He explained what we needed to do, including giving a demonstration of the correct way to bow – and to curtsey!”  

“It’s quite something to drive through the gates of Buckingham Palace and on into the quadrangle. We only just got there in time, because of the closure of the M4 and A4, and congestion everywhere else!”  

Brian will celebrate his 60th anniversary at AWE in April 2017. After graduating in physics from Birmingham University in 1953, he worked for the Admiralty Research Laboratory before joining the then Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE) in 1957. , to work on the effects of shock waves in materials. 

Internationally renowned, his work, together with others, has advanced understanding in the complex area of shock wave dynamics and some of the physics of nuclear warhead safety. 

Of his career at AWE, Brian said: “AWE has shaped my life in many ways, professionally and personally. I am greatly honoured to receive this award, it feels like the pinnacle of my career.  It enhances the pleasure of having worked at AWE for so long with so many highly accomplished people.” 

Graeme Nicholson AWE Director of Programme, said: “This award is richly deserved. Brian’s contribution to the challenging scientific fields of hydrodynamics and shock physics is unprecedented.”

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