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Elon Musk honours and awards
« on: 05/09/2018 11:51 am »
The UK Royal Society, the world's oldest national scientific institution,  has just announced 50 new fellows - perhaps the most prestigous UK award for a scientist:

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Distinguished scientists elected as Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society

09 May 2018

Fifty eminent scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society and ten as new Foreign Members for their exceptional contributions to science.

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The full list of the newly-elected Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society are, in alphabetical order:

Fellows of the Royal Society

    Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS, Professor of Physics and Professor of Public Engagement in Science, Department of Physics, University of Surrey

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    Elon Musk FRS, Engineer, inventor and entrepreneur

https://royalsociety.org/news/2018/05/distinguished-scientists-elected-fellows-royal-society-2018/

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https://royalsociety.org/people/elon-musk-13829/

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Elon Musk is an internationally renowned engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and is an inspiration to scientists, innovators and thinkers worldwide. He has galvanized true ambition and a spirit of adventure to change the world in the fields of space travel, sustainable electric transportation, solar power, low-cost internet satellites and hypersonic ground transportation. His vision extends to securing the future of humankind in colonizing Mars.

Edit to add: broadening this thread now to other honours / awards given to Elon
« Last Edit: 06/25/2019 03:10 am by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #1 on: 05/09/2018 12:19 pm »
And he is the only one of the 2018 fellows who is not a Dr. or a Prof.

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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #2 on: 05/09/2018 12:34 pm »
Hypersonic transport in Hyperloop is possible, but a little ambitious.
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #3 on: 05/09/2018 01:29 pm »
Hypersonic transport in Hyperloop is possible, but a little ambitious.

Their description of him does include the line "He has galvanized true ambition..."

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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #4 on: 05/09/2018 03:58 pm »
If the loop is pumped down to a vacuum how possible is hypersonic ?
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #5 on: 05/09/2018 04:17 pm »
And he is the only one of the 2018 fellows who is not a Dr. or a Prof.
Or engineer... But I digress and still deserving nonetheless...
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #6 on: 05/09/2018 04:33 pm »
And he is the only one of the 2018 fellows who is not a Dr. or a Prof.
Or engineer... But I digress and still deserving nonetheless...

It's not the engineering degree that makes the engineer.
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #7 on: 05/09/2018 04:40 pm »
And he is the only one of the 2018 fellows who is not a Dr. or a Prof.
Or engineer... But I digress and still deserving nonetheless...

It's not the engineering degree that makes the engineer.
If you say so... He refers to himself as Chief Designer and I would add Visionary...
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #8 on: 05/09/2018 04:44 pm »
Neither does an MBA make a businessman. Props to UK Royal Society for recognizing his contributions with reference to Luigi Galvani, and early 19th century.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/galvanize
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #9 on: 05/09/2018 04:51 pm »
I mean, from what I know he does a fair bit of engineering work, both at Tesla and SpaceX. For sure more so than Gwynne, despite her degree.

And probably she's a better businesswoman than him despite his degree.  ;D
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #10 on: 05/09/2018 04:51 pm »
Neither does an MBA make a businessman. Props to UK Royal Society for recognizing his contributions with reference to Luigi Galvani, and early 19th century.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/galvanize
"to stimulate by electricity"
Galvani was a great Italian scientist, MBAs are a dime a dozen...
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #11 on: 05/09/2018 05:46 pm »
Didn't he write the code behind zip2? So a software engineer at least...

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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #12 on: 05/09/2018 06:42 pm »
Well EM has leapfrogged the engineering degree, and having to be a certified, registered, engineer... member of the IEEEEe etc... and is now a fellow of  the  preeminent fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists.
Actually that makes perfect sense. He always says to take everything back to first principals; to the physics.
He is one of the worlds most preeminent scientists. Now when ignorance is being championed, Elon stands as the antidote, as the figurehead of scientific renewal. Galvanised is absolutely on the money. Electrifying science and engineering, recharging our batteries, a warrior ready stand up for using technology to help humanity and the planet.

In making this award, the Royal Society recognises and supports this fight, adding sparkle to his breastplate, and their seal of approval.

In 8 years he will have a greater place in technical history than George Stevenson, the father of the railway! Although a technologist, and not a pure scientist, as father of the space revolution, his place will eventually be like Newton's, or Boyle's who began the Royal Society. Musk is rightly recognised, for the pivotal point in history he is creating.
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #13 on: 05/09/2018 06:48 pm »
Although a technologist, and not a pure scientist, as father of the space revolution, his place will eventually be like Newton's <snip>

Ummm... really?  :o


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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #14 on: 05/09/2018 06:58 pm »
Although a technologist, and not a pure scientist, as father of the space revolution, his place will eventually be like Newton's <snip>
Ummm... really?  :o
Well OK no sign of a Musk's three laws of motion... or other fundamental scientific principals... but if humanity does quickly branch out into space, he will be remembered with similar significance.
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #15 on: 05/09/2018 06:58 pm »
Well EM has leapfrogged the engineering degree, and having to be a certified, registered, engineer... member of the IEEEEe etc... and is now a fellow of  the  preeminent fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists.
Actually that makes perfect sense. He always says to take everything back to first principals; to the physics.
He is one of the worlds most preeminent scientists. Now when ignorance is being championed, Elon stands as the antidote, as the figurehead of scientific renewal. Galvanised is absolutely on the money. Electrifying science and engineering, recharging our batteries, a warrior ready stand up for using technology to help humanity and the planet.

In making this award, the Royal Society recognises and supports this fight, adding sparkle to his breastplate, and their seal of approval.

In 8 years he will have a greater place in technical history than George Stevenson, the father of the railway! Although a technologist, and not a pure scientist, as father of the space revolution, his place will eventually be like Newton's, or Boyle's who began the Royal Society. Musk is rightly recognised, for the pivotal point in history he is creating.

Ok, it's nice that he got an award.

But let's dial the enthusiasm back down towards reality just a bit...

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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #16 on: 05/10/2018 09:00 am »
Boundless enthusiasm aside, if he does manage to achieve what hes set out to: mass market electric vehicles and solar panels, global satellite internet access, science-fiction level cheap access to space, and a Mars colony, that would put him well on the level of the greatest achievers in history. If he dropped it all right now he might be a George Stevenson, well known in the engineering world but only occasionally mentioned outside it, but if everything goes to plan I imagine future generations might remember him the way we remember Churchill or Washington (it helps that he has the kind of name that is recognisable in one word).

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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #17 on: 05/10/2018 09:18 am »
Boundless enthusiasm aside, if he does manage to achieve what hes set out to: mass market electric vehicles and solar panels, global satellite internet access, science-fiction level cheap access to space, and a Mars colony, that would put him well on the level of the greatest achievers in history. If he dropped it all right now he might be a George Stevenson, well known in the engineering world but only occasionally mentioned outside it, but if everything goes to plan I imagine future generations might remember him the way we remember Churchill or Washington (it helps that he has the kind of name that is recognisable in one word).

Two actually => "Elon" OR "Musk" would be recognisable in the way you suggest :)
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #18 on: 05/10/2018 01:56 pm »
Neither does an MBA make a businessman. Props to UK Royal Society for recognizing his contributions with reference to Luigi Galvani, and early 19th century.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/galvanize
"to stimulate by electricity"
Galvani was a great Italian scientist, MBAs are a dime a dozen...

MBAs used for making the quarterly results appear great are a dime a dozen.
MBAs starting businesses that employ tens of thousands (50k-ish at the moment), disrupt established industries, and open new futures are priceless.
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Re: Elon Musk FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society)
« Reply #19 on: 05/10/2018 02:24 pm »
Although a technologist, and not a pure scientist, as father of the space revolution, his place will eventually be like Newton's <snip>

Ummm... really?  :o
Seems more like an Edison to me. Which is ironic given Edison's relationship to Tesla. Actually, from the pure "loony" standpoint, he's a bit like Tesla too.

Does that seem reasonable? Edison didn't discover new principles but he sure new how to throw a team of people at working really hard, himself included, to make stuff work both in practice and in the market. And some people idolize him and some people hate him. So like Edison without the Elephant electrocution and less interested in monopolizing markets but rather creating markets.

Full disclosure: I'm a fan of Musk. I think he makes the world a more interesting place. I don't expect him to be a saint, perfect, or infallible. I also think Edison screwed over Tesla and Tesla was of course a childhood hero of mine.
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