At the 2013 James Watt Dinner on 4 October the latest inductees to the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame were announced. Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) were delighted to hear that Sir William Arrol was one of the inductees. As part of the public nomination process, FoSH Committee members & Friends had nominated Sir William for induction in 2013.
Four renowned engineers – past & present – were inducted: William John MacQuorn Rankine (1820-1872), engineer, polymath, educator, and pioneer of thermodynamics; Sir William Arrol (1839-1913), engineering entrepreneur, steel bridge builder, designer and manufacturer of cranes, heavy machinery and automobiles, innovator in construction methods; Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt (1892-1973), engineer, inventor and pioneer of RADAR; & Hugh Gill (b. 1958) engineer who developed the multi-articulating bionic hand for Touch Bionics.
Read Sir William Arrol’s profile in the Engineering Hall of Fame website.
The Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame was conceived and developed in 2011 by Gordon Masterton during his term of office as President of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland (IESIS) and is endorsed by Scottish Engineering, the support group for the engineering industry in Scotland. As Gordon Masterton said, “The life stories of these great engineers are truly inspirational. We need engineers of the same calibre today to stimulate our economic recovery and improve our quality of life.”