Electrosonic‘s Robert Simpson has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year’s 2017 Honors list for services to the audio-visual industry over the last 52 years.
Since co-founding Electrosonic with Denis Naisbitt and Michael (“Mike”) Ray in 1964, Robert has helped to shape the development of the audio and video industry and has led technological audio-visual innovation for museums, theme parks and cultural landmarks.
Robert was Chairman of Electrosonic Ltd for the period 1964-2004 and from 2005-2015 was a director of, and advisor to, the international Electrosonic Group. He is a life member of the SMPTE (USA), and a Fellow of the BKSTS (UK). In 2008 he was awarded the INFOCOMM Distinguished Achievement Award.
Robert is a leading figure in the audio visual industry and has published several reference books including ‘Videowalls – The Book of the Big Electronic Image’ (Focal Press 1997) and ‘Lighting Control – Technology and Applications’ (Focal Press 2003) and ‘Electrosonic – 50 Years on the Audio-Visual Front Line’ (Electrosonic 2014).
He also lectures, providing CPD accredited industry training programmes for InfoComm International(r) and for the Royal Institute of British Architects, (RIBA).
Commenting on his inclusion in the New Year’s Honours List, Robert said, “I am pleased to receive this award, not only for myself, but also for my colleagues at Electrosonic. Recognition of the company as a significant force within the Audio-visual industry will be as welcome to them as it is to me.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed being in an industry which has developed out of all recognition in the nearly 53 years since Electrosonic was founded, and am proud of the contribution we have made.”
Image Top: Electrosonic was founded in 1964 by Robert Simpson, Denis Naisbitt and Michael Ray