Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees
William John Macquorn Rankine (1820-1872), engineer, polymath, educator and researcher. Pioneer of thermodynamics.
Rankine was one of the "Northern Wizards" of mathematical physics, alongside Lord Kelvin and James Clerk Maxwell. His works on the steam engine, machinery, shipbuilding and applied mechanics became standard texts; and he did much for the new science of themodynamics and the theories of elasticity and of waves..
Sir William Arrol (1839-1913), engineering entrepreneur, steel bridge builder, designer and manufacturer of cranes, heavy machinery and automobiles, innovator in construction methods;
Sir William Arrol built the greatest steel bridges of their time. The contemporaneous construction of the Second Tay Bridge, the Forth Bridge and the Tower Bridge represented a dominance in bridge building that will probably never be repeated. . ..
Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt (1892-1973), engineer, inventor, and pioneer of RADAR
Robert Watson-Watt was an engineer and inventor who was the first in Britain to identify the potential for detecting aircraft by radio methods. His Chain Home and Chain Home Low system of radar stations were instrumental in the RAF winning the Battle of Britain. ..
Hugh Gill (b. 1958), engineer who developed the multi-articulating bionic hand
Hugh Gill's highly sophisticated development of a product conceived by David Gow has transformed the lives of over 4000 people who have been fitted with multi-articulating prosthetic hands. ..