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The Hon Sir Eric Neal AC CVO was South Australian Governor for five years.
He holds professional engineering qualifications in both Australia and the UK, and has Honorary Doctorates from three universities.
He worked in the gas industry in Broken Hill and Ballarat and joined Boral in 1963. He served 14 years as CEO and Managing Director of Boral Ltd and as a director of its subsidiaries in australia, the UK, USA and Pacific Islands. Sir Eric has served on many Corporate Boards of Directors inclduing BHP, Atlas-Copco, Westpac, Coca-Cola Amatil, Boral, and on Government advisory bodies on Defence, Prices and Incomes, Water Resources, the Sugar Industry and Veteran Affairs.
He was Chief Commissioner of the City of Sydney in 1987-88. He was National Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme in australia from 1984 to 1992, and a Trustee of the International Award Association for 11 years until 1997. He was Chairman of the Organising Committee for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh's sixth Commonwealth Study Conference in 1986.
He has served as Chairman of organisations supportive of the Arts and of re-educating youth at risk and has had a long involvement with Engineers Australia, the AICD, the AIB and AIM (NSW).
The Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal - Career Achievement Award in Engineering is the most prestigious award conferred by Engineers Australia. It is presented annually to an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia who has made a notable contribution to the science and/or practice of engineering in Australia.
The award perpetuates the memory of Sir Peter Nicol Russell, a Sydney industrialist during the latter half of the 19th century, who made major donations to the cause of engineering in Australia.
Recipients of the PNR Memorial Medal represent to both the engineering profession and the community the highest technical, professional and community service standards of the profession of engineering.
In light of this, the term “notable contribution” to the science and/or practice of engineering needs to be interpreted broadly, rather than as a narrow reflection of achievements only. This ensures the award truly reflects the broad nature and impacts of the profession of engineering within the general community.
NOTE: The process for applying for these awards is also applicable for those wishing to nominate technologists and associates as Honorary Fellows or for the PNR Medal.
Only Honorary Fellows of Engineers Australia are eligible to be nominated. Incoming, current and immediate past national or divisional office-bearers do not automatically join the PNR register.
An Honorary Fellow is not eligible to be entered into the PNR Register in the year they are awarded Honorary Fellow.
Nominations for the PNR Medal must also contain a supplementary 200 word citation on the nominee and their career achievements.
The criteria for this award to be defined as:
As further expressed by
NOTE: Nominees do not need to pass every area of the above sub-sets, however these are provided as a guide for nominators. Nominators will be asked to address the sub-set areas where relevant to the nominee and their career.
In addition to addressing the criteria, nominators for this award will be asked to write a 200 word citation on the nominee they propose for consideration for the PNR Medal.
The additional citation must demonstrate the nominee’s distinction and pre-eminence in the field, capture their entire body of work within the profession, as well outline notable/long term achievements.
In the 200 word citation, nominators will be asked to demonstrate the nominee's: