The International Lead Medal has been awarded to the late David Boden, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the lead battery industry following a lifetime of design and innovation, and for his inspirational work mentoring the next generation of lead battery leaders.
The medal is awarded annually at either the European Lead Battery Conference or the Asian Battery Conference to honour and recognise exceptional personal achievement in the lead and lead battery industries.
Since its inception in 2003 the medal has been presented to many individuals who have played a leading role in developing and guiding both industries, in the areas of science, technology or the environment.
Dr Andy Bush of the International Lead Association said: “The awards committee decided to award the medal posthumously this year in recognition of David’s outstanding contribution to the lead battery industry throughout his lifetime.”
Mark Stevenson of Global Lead Technologies added: “He was an inspiration to many in the industry and he has left an enduring legacy.”
During his lifetime Mr Boden was associated with many leading battery businesses, and he was an active member of the industry’s research consortium, ALABC. He also chaired numerous technical committees for Battery Council International in the US.
Receiving the medal on behalf of David’s family, Eric Holtan of Hammond and John Timmons of Crown Batteries – both of whom worked with David over many years – highlighted his inspirational mentoring and support.
Receiving the International Lead Medal in recognition of the life and work of David Boden are Eric Holtan and John Timmons.
Mr Timmons said: “Perhaps his greatest gift was in teaching and mentoring so many young people in the industry.”
Mr Holtan added: “He was exceptionally good at successfully communicating difficult technical concepts in very simple terms.”
The medal has become a prestigious award with nominations each year from all over the world based on exceptional service to the lead industry as related to the production, processing or use of the metal, in promoting increased use or awareness of lead, improving lead’s image or encouraging individuals to excel.
The award should honour/recognise above-average personal achievement.
In a message read out to the 16th ELBC conference in Vienna, Mr Boden’s wife Pattie thanked the ILA and awards committee on behalf of the family saying they were extremely touched that David was chosen to receive the medal.
The International Lead Association is the trusted global trade association for the lead industry and its member companies are at the forefront of the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead. ILA represents the producers of about 3 million tonnes of lead. The association is working towards a vision of a sustainable global lead industry that is recognised for the positive contribution it makes to society.