Dr Stephen Forbes Pearson, co-founder of Star Refrigeration and, arguably, one of the UK’s greatest living refrigeration engineers, has celebrated his 90th birthday.

It is perhaps appropriate that someone who had such an influence on the development of refrigeration, both in the UK and globally, should have such a significant birthday coinciding with World Refrigeration Day and its theme of Cooling Champions.

Remarkable is a an apt word to describe his career. This included 11 years at the legendary refrigeration company L Sterne & Co, becoming divisional director and chief engineer of the company’s industrial refrigeration division, before co-founding Star Refrigeration in 1970. During his career he was responsible for a large number of product developments and is holder of an array of patents.

His achievements did not go unrecognised. Forbes was awarded the IoR’s Hall Thermotank Gold Medal in 1991, was awarded the Lightfoot Medal on six occasions and presented with the prestigious IIR Gustav Lorentzen Medal in 2003. A fellow and former president of the Institute of Refrigeration, Forbes is also an honorary life member of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration.

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