UWE awards Honorary Degree to Terence Knibb

Issue date: 12 November 2008


University of the West of England The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology to Terry Knibb in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the global development of aerospace engineering and international technology research and development.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Bristol Institute of Technology on Friday 14 November at 14.00 at Bristol Cathedral.

Terence Frederick Knibb was educated at Trinity High School, Northampton, winning one of the last State Scholarships. He read Physics at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.

After graduating, Terry Knibb joined the Allen Clark Research Centre, the central research laboratory of the Plessey Company. After various research posts and promotions, he became Group Leader, with technical, financial and programme responsibility for the development of LED material, devices and displays. Promotion to Unit Manager resulted in a move to the Optoelectronics and Microwave Unit where it was his task to expand the infrared detector research and development group into a viable part of the trading unit.

In 1981, Terry Knibb was recruited by the General Electric Company UK as Divisional Manager, again working with infrared detectors. Later promotion to the position of Assistant Director at the Hirst Research Centre, Wembley, brought responsibility for some 250 staff and several different areas of technology.

In 1988, Terry Knibb joined British Aerospace as Principal of the Sowerby Research Centre and one year later became the Director with responsibility for all aspects of the operation of the corporate research centre of BAe.

Following the merger of British Aerospace and Marconi Electronics Systems in 2000 to form BAE Systems, Terry Knibb was appointed Chief Scientist – BAE Systems. In this role his responsibilities included the development of strategies for global technology acquisition and the formation of international research partnerships. On behalf of the company or sometimes as a representative of the industry sector, Terry Knibb was active on many committees and boards and liaised with both the Ministry of Defence and the DTI.

Among others, Terry Knibb has been a member of the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe and of the National Defence and Aerospace Systems Panel. In the UK and European technology strategy and policy development area, he was a member of the Engineering and Technical Board of the Society of British Aerospace Companies and a member of the R&T Group of the UK National Defence Industry Council. For two years he sat on the User Panel of EPSRC, the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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