World Metrology Day is an international annual event that marks the signing of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875. The Metre Convention created the International Bureau of Weights and Measures and set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and its application in industry, science and society. The theme for World Metrology Day 2016 is ‘Measurements in a dynamic world'.
In recognition of World Metrology Day, NMI created two perpetual awards:
Closing date for nominations: 5.00 pm AEST, 30 April 2016Announcement of winners: 20 May 2016
Measurement is both a technique and a process that underpins much of life as we know it but is often taken for granted. As an enabling technology, measurement provides the foundation for the progress and advancement of human society.
With the continuing advancement of science and technology, Lord Kelvin’s words are even more pertinent today than when they were first espoused: ‘When you can measure what you are speaking about and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind: it may be the beginning of knowledge but you have scarcely in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science.’
However, the relevance of measurement is broader than direct applications in science and technology; it also underpins decisions in economics and politics and is often the foundation for innovation in many other areas.
NMI believes that it is only by recognising and celebrating achievements in measurement that this important infra-technology will be adequately acknowledged.
Applicants eligible for the Barry Inglis Medal are individuals or groups who have made a highly significant contribution to the science of measurement, or have long-standing eminence in the field of measurement and its application and practice, or have provided exceptional leadership in the field of measurement, or have demonstrated a combination of any of the above criteria.
Applicants eligible for the NMI Prize are individuals up to 35 years of age who have made a highly significant contribution to the science of measurement either as an individual or as a member of a group.
All nominations can be sent via email email@example.com.
2008 John E Sader
2009 Michael E Tobar
2010 Ken Baldwin
2011 Philip NH Nakashima
2012 Not awarded
2013 Not awarded
2014 Bruce Forgan
2015 Graham Jones
2008 Paul L Stanwix
2009 Eric F May
2010 Not awarded
2011 Michael J Biercuk
2012 Sharath Sriram
2013 Daniel Creedon
2014 Douglas Little
2015 Alessandro Rossi