The EW version on April 26, 1961 had the following story:
“When I and the other 2,400 members of the Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers Association spoke to the Duke of Edinburgh earlier this month, we were wondering what he believed was the educational responsibility of engineers. There was no doubt about it.
“There is nothing more valuable than teaching the next generation,” he said. “It is the engineer’s job to help teach the next generation of engineers by not only ensuring that their practical training is correct, but also qualifying and giving them. Only experienced engineers have By planning your education with a view to your knowledge and the requirements of the next generation. “
The Duke also emphasized the need for Commonwealth countries with excellent higher education facilities to support developing people.
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The May 24, 1961 edition begins the story.
“Next Monday is the beginning of Federal Technical Training Week, an event that would never have happened without the initiative of Prince Edinburgh.”
“This week’s goal in all federal countries is to impress school graduates, parents, teachers, and the community as a whole with the responsibility to ensure that the new generation prepares for a future career. An immature dead end job due to the early temptation of higher wages.
“This week covers all kinds of training, from electronics to banking, secretaries to surveying.”
“I hope the general public will know a little more about training in the technical skills that enable modern living standards,” said Duke Edinburgh.
The story shows the Duke’s two lifelong passions for technology and the Commonwealth. They were the first of many articles about him in EW.
In 1952 he became president of the British Science Association, giving a highly acclaimed inaugural address in Edinburgh, outlining the advances in science from the time of his predecessor, Prince Albert.
One of the award skills of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme, founded in 1956, is science and technology.
In 1959 he founded the Prince Phillip Designer Award, whose winners include Sir James Dyson.
His interest in science was in line with his enthusiasm for applied science, and he promoted the idea of establishing the National Academy of Engineering when science went far beyond engineering in the spirit of the nation.
It has become the Royal Academy of Engineering, whose mission is to identify engineering excellence and integrate engineering ideas across disciplines. Recognized for his role in the establishment of the Academy, he was appointed as its Senior Fellow.
For 65 years he was an Honorary Fellow of IEE / IET.
With his enthusiasm for technology, he saw the broader issues it raises.
In the early days of the Internet, he warned: “Information technology has brought immeasurable benefits to humankind, but only when used honestly and in good faith. Technology offers humanity more opportunities than ever before, but so does the risk. is.”
He thought the technology needed to be launched at home by installing a built-in phone at Buckingham Palace, introducing the first car phone in the country, and adopting ViewData early.
The practical application of science to solve human problems has been a lifelong concern. In an interview five years ago, he said:
“The population is growing, occupying more space and needs to be accommodated in some way. Most people want to see a certain amount of nature and everything it needs to continue. It’s about things. But for some reason, it’s balanced by trying to fit as many people on the planet as possible without doing too much damage. Ultimately, it’s decided. It will be an engineer. “