John Argyris has been honoured by sixteen industrialised nations of the world, many with their highest scientific and engineering honours. Indeed, some have been the Government's personal decorations but not here in Britain. John Argyris was made CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours but this award for all John Argyris's revolutionary work and achievements is little more than what he deserved after the Second World War where indirectly by determining around 80% of faults in our military aircraft saved tens of thousands of military personnel. Indeed, his Finite Element Method has most probably again indirectly saved many thousands of lives through safer buildings and the aeroplanes we travel in each and every day of the year. Therefore, these savings in lives should warrant the highest honour that our nation can bestow. The CBE is a start but clearly not the honour worthy of John Argyris and his momentous contribution to engineering sciences throughout the world. In this respect also the FEM is now being used in many of the sciences including medicine where, for example, it has been used in to monitor pressures within respiratory systems. It appears that the FEM therefore will have no scientific boundaries in the 21st century and beyond, and one thing is certain, it will revolutionise their disciplines as it has done with engineering. Indeed, as computers become ever more powerful, the Finite Element Method will truly become seen as the equivalent of Newton's Calculus. New members of the WIF

Ellis Douek FRCP FRCS Hons.mult., UK
Professor Martin Craig Downer PhD DDS LDSRCS DDPH RCS Hons., UK
Professor Anthony Leighton Downing BA BS(Hons.) DSc FREng FIChemE FIWPC FIBiol FIPHE FIWES FIWEM FRSA Hons.mult., UK
Neville Frederick Duke DSO OBE AFC DCF with Two Bars MC(Czech) FRAeS FRSA Hons.mult., UK
Professor James Playford Duncan ME DSc CEng, Hons.mult., CANADA
Professor James Wynne Dungley MA PhD FAGU MEGS Hons.mult,UK
Professor John Montfort Dunn BA FBA FJC FAAAS FRSA Hons., UK
Professor Sir Herbert Livingstone Duthie ChB(Hons.) MB ChM MD(Hons.) FRCS FRCSEd Dr.mult., Hons.mult., UK
Professor Freeman John Dyson FRS Dr. & Hons.mult., USA
Professor Evelyn Algernon Valentine Ebsworth BA(Hons.) MA PhD ScD FRCS FRSE MAS Hons., UK
Professor John Hilton Edwards MB BChir FRCP FRS Hons., UK
John N. Ellis OBE Hons., UK
Sir Randal F. Elliott OBE GCStJ KStJ MB ChB FRCS FRACS Dr. & Hons.mult., NEW ZEALAND
Professor Arthur James Ellison BSc(Eng.) DSc(Eng.) CEng FIMechE FIEE Sen.MIEEE Dr. & Hons.mult., UK
Professor Mahdi Elmandjra PhD(Econ.) Dr. & Hons.mult., MOROCCO
Professor Humphrey Gyde PhD Inst.Memb.mult., Hons.mult., UK
The Lord Hailsham of Marylebone KG CH QC FRS FICE FIEE FIStructE Dr.& Hons.mult., UK
John Humphrys, (BBC) Hons., UK
Professor the Lord McColl of Dulwich CBE MB BS MS FRCS FACS FRCSE Dr. & Hons.mult., UK
Professor Manolis Papadrakakis DipCE MSc PhD Hons., GREECE
Sir Lewis Robertson CBE FRSE FRSA CIMgt Dr. & Hons.mult., Scotland, UK
Professor Sir Rutherford Ness Robertson AC CMG DSc PhD FAA FRS FNAS FRS(NZ) FRSE MAPC FAAAS Dr. & Hons.mult., AUSTRALIA
Professor Sir Martin Roth MA MD FRS FRCP FRCPath FRCPS Dr. & world Hons.mult., UK
Professor the Lord Samuels MA PhD Dr. & Hons.mult., ISREAL
Professor Sir Joseph William Grenville Smith DipBact MD FRCP FRCPath FFPHM FIBiol FFCM Hons., UK
Professor the Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior MA PhD MRCVS DVSM Inst.Memb.mult., Dr.& Hons.mult., UK
Professor Sir Colin Raymond William Spedding CBE BSc MSc PhD DSc CBiol FIBiol FRASE FIHort FRAgS Dr. & Hons.mult. FRASE FIHort FRAgS, UK
Professor Sir Thomas Symington BSc MB ChB MD FRSE FRIC FRCP FRFPS FRCPath Dr. & Hons.mult., SCOTLAND, UK
Professor Sir Michael Warwick Thompson BSc DSc FInstP Dr. & Hons.mult., UK
Sir Bernard Tomlinson CBE BS DL MD FRCP FRCPath, UK
The Hon.Sir Alfred Joseph Vasquez CBE MA Senior QC Hons., GIBRALTAR
Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Walmsley KCB MA MSc FREng FIEE Hons., UK
Professor Sir John Patrick Walsh KBE BDSc(Hons.) LDS MB BS MDS DDSc FDSRCS FDSRCSEdin FRS(NZ) FACD FACDS Dr. & Hons.mult., NEW ZEALAND
Lord Walton of Detchant MB BS(Hons.) MA MD DSc FRSM FRCP FACP FRCPE FRCP(Can.) FRCPath FRCPsych Intern.Inst.Memb.mult. Dr. & Hons.mult., UK
Professor Sir Frederick Edward Warner FREng FRS FUCL FRSC FUMIST, UK
Vice-Admiral Sir James Watt KBE MB BS MS MD FRSM FRCS FRCP FICS FRGS FASurg FRCSE Inst.Member.mult., Dr. & Hons.mult., UK
Professor Sir David John Weatherall MB ChB MA MD FRCP FRCPE FRS FRCPath FRACP FRCOG FIC FACP FNAS FAAAS FIMed Dr.mult., Hons.mult., UK
Professor Sir Alwyn Williams PhD FRS FRSE MRIA FRGS FRSAMD FGSA FRCPS FDS Dr. & Hons.mult., Scotland, UK
Professor Sir Bruce Rodda Williams BA MA MA(Econ.) FASSA Dr. & Hons.mult., AUSTRALIA
Nobel Laureate Professor Ahmed H. Zewail OM(Egypt) BS MS PhD FNAS FAAAS FAPhilS FAPS Dr.mult, world Hons.mult., EGYPT
Therefore, we await and see if the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, does the honourable thing and elevates John Argyris to a Life Peerage as a minimum from a country and a world that owes him so much.
4 - The World Innovation Foundation - April - July 2000