JCB's chairman has been made an honorary fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for his "huge| manufacturing impact.
The honorary fellowship was presented to Lord Anthony Bamford by IMechE president Professor Richard Folkson at a ceremony in London.
Professor Folkson said: “This is a very well deserved honour, recognising the huge impact Lord Bamford has made to manufacturing and innovation. It is thanks to his vision that JCB is the success it now is and he is one of the strongest and most inspiring ambassadors for British engineering."
Lord Bamford has chaired JCB since 1975 and was the inspiration behind the diesel engine project that led to the JCB Dieselmax car, with its twin diesel engines, setting the current land speed record for a diesel-powered car of 563mph in 2006.
He added: “I’m delighted by this honour, which is a tribute to all the work of JCB's engineering team. I encourage all our engineers to pursue professional accreditation with the IMechE. Engineering is an exciting profession and offers real opportunities to make a difference to the world in which we live.”
Beginning his career with a two-year engineering apprenticeship at Massey Ferguson in France, Lord Bamford has also spearheaded the establishment of the $32m engineering-focused JCB Academy in Rocester.
Lord Bamford was presented with the Honorary Fellowship alongside Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata group, for almost 20 years.