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Blog Editor’s Note: We were very pleased to see our colleague Terry Moore, also a member of the U.S. President’s PNT Advisory Board, honored by King Charles.

News release from the University of Nottingham where he is a professor emeritus follows.

PRESS RELEASE  31 December 2022

Nottingham academic receives OBE in New Year Honours

A positioning and navigating expert at the University of Nottingham has been listed in the 2023 New Year Honours List.

Honoured for his services to satellite navigation, Terry Moore is an Emeritus Professor, and former Director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute, in the university’s Faculty of Engineering.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be recognised and nominated for this award.  Indeed, I am particularly proud of the significant impact that satellite navigation systems have on everyone’s daily lives, even without them knowing, and I hope that this award helps us to continue to stress the vital importance of the technology we now take for granted.

“I came from a quite humble background, and the support and encouragement I received in my early career formed the bedrock from which I still work to improve equality, diversity, and inclusion throughout scientific disciplines. I am absolutely delighted to receive the award.

A professor of satellite navigation at the university for 20 years, Professor Moore’s links to the city date back to 1979 when he began his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. Over the course of his career, he’s taken a leading role in national and European initiatives aimed at integrating academic research and teaching in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) – all while based at the University of Nottingham.

He was the founding Director of the GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE), an internationally recognised centre of excellence in surveying, positioning, and navigation technologies, which was jointly funded by the University of Nottingham and the East Midlands Development Agency and has gone on to support hundreds of companies worldwide.

Professor Moore has also overseen numerous research projects funded by industry, research councils, the European Space Agency and the European Commission, and has supervised more than 40 successful PhD students.

He has been actively involved with both the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) and the US Institute of Navigation (ION) for many years and was the President of the RIN until the summer of 2021, where he led the efforts to modernise the institute and introduce its new profile and strategy.

He is a member of the US National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board and of the European Space Agency (ESA) GNSS Science Advisory Committee. Professor Moore also contributed to the UK Government’s Blackett Review on GNSS Vulnerability and has worked extensively with the UK Government on the PNT Strategy for the UK.

Professor Sam Kingman, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Terry has received this recognition for his contribution to satellite navigation, a technology that is now ubiquitous in our everyday lives. Terry’s contribution to the development of this technology has been enormously important, and millions of people now benefit from the work he’s done over the past few decades. This is a proud day for the University of Nottingham and the Faculty of Engineering.”

This is the third major award Professor Moore has received in recent years, after he became the first Briton to win the International Association of Institutes of Navigation’s John Harrison Award in 2021, and won the US ION’s prestigious Johannes Kepler Award in 2017.

Professor Shearer West CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Nottingham, said: “As a researcher, adviser, teacher, and leading expert in the field of satellite navigation, Professor Terry Moore has proved an inspiration to all who work, research or study with him and his recognition in the New Years’ Honours list is richly deserved.”


More information is available from Danielle Hall, Media Relations Manager at the University of Nottingham, at [email protected] or 0115 846 7156.

Notes to editors 

About the University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience, and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our students. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia – part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement.

Ranked 18th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings 2023, the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and inclusive and disability sport provision is reflected in its crowning as The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Sports University of the Year twice in three years, most recently in 2021. We are ranked seventh for research power in the UK according to REF 2021.

We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner – locally and globally. Alongside Nottingham Trent University, we lead the Universities for Nottingham initiative, a pioneering collaboration which brings together the combined strength and civic missions of Nottingham’s two world-class universities and is working with local communities and partners to aid recovery and renewal following the COVID-19 pandemic.