Paul Le Pinnet, The Heath Business and Technical Park’s former Chief Scientific Glassblower, received his MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) medal from The Prince of Wales at an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday.
Paul’s honour had been announced among The Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his services to scientific glassblowing.
Paul of Elm Road, Warrington, who was accompanied to the investiture by his wife Michelle, said he was deeply honoured to be the recipient of the award and to meet the Prince of Wales.
A fellow of The British Society of Scientific Glassblowers, Paul has written numerous scientific papers, contributed to glassblowing journals and spoken at global glassblowing symposiums.
He joined SOG Group – owner and operator of The Heath in Runcorn, Cheshire – when SOG bought the ex-ICI chemicals HQ site in 2000 and transformed it into a business and technical park. Instead of working exclusively on ICI-related projects, SOG promoted Paul’s unique skills to a far wider audience. He undertook assignments for research & development scientists from across the UK and around the world until his retirement last year.
John Lewis, Managing Director of SOG Group, said: “All the team at SOG are thrilled for Paul and his family. His MBE is richly deserved for his services to science over many years.”
Paul has written a specialist technical book on the intricate skills of scientific glassblowing which was commissioned by Imperial College Press (ICP) and targeted towards students, established glassblowers and academic institutions in an effort to give a better understanding of glass and the techniques involved in scientific glassblowing.