Seven from Seven – Seven innovations under Queen Elizabeth II
16th September 2022
Each week, we scour the worlds of innovation, tech for good and social impact to bring you seven of our top stories…
Television became increasingly popular during the 1950s, with the Queen’s coronation in 1953 becoming the most viewed event on television at that time. This momentous event marked the shift from radio and newspapers to television, setting the tone for the rest of the 21st Century.
After 25 years of Queen Elizabeth II being on the throne, the UK witnessed a breakthrough in reproductive science as the world’s first IVF baby was born on the 25th July 1978. The so called ‘test tube’ procedure was developed by English physiologist Robert Edwards, who was later knighted by the Queen in 2011 for his contribution to science.
In 2011, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was set up. The award, which is presented every two years, celebrates ground-breaking engineering innovation and its benefit to humanity. Queen Elizabeth’s aim for the prize was to be ‘an aspiration of the international engineering community and an inspiration to young people everywhere’.