The annual award made by the Foundation at the Huish Sixth Form College in Taunton (UK) – where the teenage Arthur Clarke was a student in the 1930’s – went to Lewis Jones in recognition of his excellence in both science and the arts. Lewis is now in his first year at Corpus Christie College, Cambridge, studying engineering and he plans to specialise in software development and robotics.
The citation at the Prize-giving event was:
Arthur C Clarke Award for Innovative Thought
This prize is awarded to Lewis Jones not only for his exceptional performance in every unit assessment throughout his Physics course, enabling him to achieve an outstanding 594/600 marks in total, but also for his ability to combine his Computing skills, Physics understanding and creative, innovative thought to produce first class and extensive software simulations for demonstrating Electric Fields and Diffraction Gratings which we have used in lessons to aid teaching. Lewis was on course to achieve 100% in all 6 units of his A-level Physics course. He did so in 5 of these, dropping only 6 marks in the A2 practical assessment. This is extremely impressive. The simulations he designed and built are extensive and comprehensive, thoroughly realistic and contain a level of complexity which far exceeds the needs at A-level and leave us with a lasting legacy.
This is the seventh year of the award and in addition to the inscribed monolith trophy, Lewis was given a cash prize from the Foundation together with a signed copy of Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Exploration of Space”.
Huish College currently has a total of 1,900 students, aged 15-18, drawn from a wide area of the West of England. It was formerly the Huish Grammar School and in his address to the Prize-giving function on 8th April, Peter Marshall (one of three UK-based Directors of the Foundation) recalled how the young Arthur Clarke had ridden his bicycle eight miles from his home in the village of Bishops Lydeard to Huish, every day, in all weathers, and then cycled home to study, write and view the moon through his home-made telescope. Marshall said those early days were the ‘launch pad’ for Clarke’s remarkable lifetime achievements and provided inspiration for the students of today. He added that it was the quality of imagination which shone through all these achievements and he described how this subject was now the focus of the newly-created Arthur C. Clarke Centre for Human Imagination at the University of California in San Diego.
The previous winners of the Huish Award are:
- 2008 – James House
- 2009 – James Searle
- 2010 – David Middleton-Gear
- 2011 – Jonathan Sykes
- 2012 – Rhianna White
- 2013 – Jack Humphries