Satellite navigation expert is most decorated by Royal Institute of Navigation

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09 Jun 2016 14:15:00.000

A satellite navigation expert at The University of Nottingham has now received more top medals from the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN), in its near 70-year history, than anyone else.

Professor Terry Moore receives his latest accolade, the J E D Williams Medal, for his significant and varied contributions to the RIN, in particular his leading role in staging its major conferences.  

His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who is patron of the Royal Institute of Navigation, will present the award to Professor Moore at the RIN Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 19 July at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

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In 2013, Professor Moore scooped the Harold Spencer-Jones Gold Medal - the highest honour the RIN bestows - for outstanding contributions to navigation. He was also one of the youngest ever recipients of this highly-esteemed award.

Professor Moore has also won the Richey Medal for best paper to be published each year in the Journal of Navigation in 1999 and again in 2008.

“I am really surprised and delighted,” said Professor Moore, Director of the University’s Nottingham Geospatial Institute, on the news of his award. “I have been proud to serve the RIN for many years, and it is a great honour for my small contributions to be recognised in this way.”  

With a long and distinguished career devoted to teaching and research, Professor Moore started at The University of Nottingham with a BSc in Civil Engineering followed by a PhD in Space Geodesy.  

He is now a leading researcher on positioning and navigation technologies and their numerous and varied applications.

In 2013, Professor Moore was awarded Fellowship of the US Institute of Navigation (ION) for his outstanding leadership of the navigation community, the establishment of GRACE (GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence), the establishment of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) and sustained contributions to the advancement of navigation and GNSS.  He was only the third Briton to receive Fellowship of the ION.

He was promoted to the UK's first Chair of Satellite Navigation in 2001; he has completed numerous research projects funded by industry, research councils, the European Space Agency and the European Commission, and has supervised over 25 PhD students. 

He has authored, or been a leading contributor to more than 200 technical research papers published in top journals. This is in addition to being a major supporter of national and international GNSS conferences and both national and international professional and scientific bodies.

Professor Moore is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, the Royal Astronomical Society and an Associate Fellow of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society. 

Professor Moore is a longstanding Fellow of the RIN, and currently it’s Vice-President.   The RIN is a learned society with charitable status formed in 1947.

The Institute’s aims have always been to unite all those with an interest in any aspect of navigation in one unique body, to further the development of navigation in every sphere, and to increase public awareness of the art and science of navigation. 

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