As announced in our last issue, Paul Martins (Pembroke 1972-5), who gave the Jenkin Lecture in 2003, died tragically in a swimming accident while on holiday with his family in Devon in August 2004.
Paul had worked for BP since 1982, and in 1992 he received the Royal Academy of Engineering's MacRobert Award for outstanding engineering achievement. This was for his work on increasing the productivity of oil and gas wells by "hydraulic fracturing", thereby greatly reducing the number of wells needed to tap a particular field. At the time of his death he was "Head of Discipline for Wells and Completions".
BP has now endowed an engineering scholarship in his memory at Pembroke, which will be worth £4500 to whoever performs best in each year's Part 1 examination.
Mrs Charlotte Martins told Pembroke that Paul had very positive memories of his time there, and it had been an ambition of his to do something for Pembroke engineers, so the BP-endowed scholarship would have given him particular pleasure.
We foresee some intense competition for it among Pembroke third-years!
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