|Professor Kenneth Johnson FRS, FEng has been awarded
a Royal Medal by the Royal Society, for his
outstanding work in the field of contact mechanics. The citation states that "his work is characterised by
elegant experiments, skilful analyses and insightful explanations of observed phenomena."
Professor Johnson is an Emeritus Professor of the University and has worked in the field of contact mechanics
and tribology for forty years; he recently retired after more than thirty years on the staff of the
Department. He is the author of Contact Mechanics (CUP, 1985) and was awarded the Tribology Gold medal in
1985 and the ASME Mayo D Hersey medal in 1991.
Three Royal Medals, known also as The Queen's Medals, are awarded annually by the Sovereign upon the
recommendation of the Council, two for the most important contributions to the advancement of Natural
Knowledge (one to each of the two great divisions) and the other for distinguished contributions in the
applied sciences. These awards are for contributions made within the British Commonwealth. The three medals
are silver gilt.