The National Eisteddfod's Science and Technology Medal was presented this year to Professor Alan Shore for his lifelong contribution to digital electronics and the far-reaching changes in the world of computing and communications.
He was honoured in a special ceremony on the Pavilion stage at the Llyn and Eifionydd Eisteddfod Maes on Friday, August 11.
His nomination said: "Alan is a first class scientist who has published and presented work on Photonics/Optoelectronics all over the world. But in addition to this he has worked tirelessly to present and developing Engineering in Wales and through the Welsh language.
"This is an area that has not traditionally been prominent in the Welsh language, and the first step was to foster and encourage a society of scientists in Wales in order to lay a foundation to develop the alphabet for the Welsh language."
Alan Shore is a native of New Tredegar and graduated in Mathematics from Jesus College, Oxford and later with a Doctorate at the University of Wales, Cardiff in the field of Photonics.
The early 1970s was a significant and exciting time in communication as he undertook his research in Cardiff. This period was also significant as he started to learn Welsh.
In 1995 Alan Shore was appointed Professor of Electronic Engineering at Bangor University, where he developed his work on Photonics and Optoelectronics.
Prior to this, he was a lecturer in Electronics Engineering at the University of Liverpool and later at Bath University. He spent research periods in laboratories around the world.
While working in England he kept in touch with scientists in Wales and contributed to the National Scientific Association conference.
He has endeavoured to weave the Welsh language within his educational work including coining Welsh acronyms for an international conference and an educational initiative in photonics for school students.
As Secretary of the Learned Society of Wales he has led the development of its language policy and organized the Association's Eisteddfod Lecture.
He is active with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and has been a member of the College's Research and Publishing Group since 2015. and as a member of the Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Computing Panel, ensuring support and development for the use of Welsh in science and opportunities to study and publish through Welsh.
Alan Shore was chairman of the Science and Technology Committee of the Anglesey National Eisteddfod in 2017.