Chemical Engineering


5 Jun 2019

Professor David Edwards is Awarded the Franklin Medal

David Edwards x 670

Professor David Edwards was the recipient of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Franklin Medal this year.

The Franklin Medal is for outstanding service in the fields of occupational health, safety, loss prevention and care for the environment.  Ned Franklin was a past president of the IChemE and a major personality in the development of the nuclear power industry.  David was awarded the medal in recognition of his long and distinguished career in academia and industry, during which he made many theoretical and practical innovations in process safety and health.

David Edwards started his career working on process plant simulation and economic analysis with a PhD from Imperial College and as a consultant for Chem Systems and others.

He researched new methods for economic, safety and environmental impact in process feasibility assessment at Loughborough University with Trevor Kletz and others.

David’s 90 publications are highly cited and Inherently Safer Design – Present and Future, written with Professor Jai Gupta, won the IChemE Hutchison Medal in 2002.

During his 13 years at KBR, he has championed designing for inherent safety and a safe and healthy working environment.

While working for Granherne in Moscow, David helped to introduce the Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study, into the Russian Federation.

He was Editor in Chief (Safety) for the IChemE Journal, Process Safety and Environmental Protection from 2010 until 2019.

David was presented the medal (top photograph), by IChemE President Ken Rivers at the Hazards 29 Conference in Birmingham.

In response to receiving the Award, David stated:

"I was very pleased to receive the IChemE Franklin Medal at Hazards 29.  It is a great honour to be included in the roll of the recipients of this award."

All of David's colleagues in the Department of Chemical Engineering offer their congratulations upon this achievement.