March 2013

March 2013

19th March 2013: Lecture/Ordinary Meeting: The Scientific Life of Dr Livingstone

Professor Michael Barrett, Professor of Biochemical Parasitology, University of Glasgow.

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David Livingstone was born into poverty at Blantyre, near Glasgow, in 1813. Largely self taught as a boy, Scotland's enlightened higher education system allowed him to secure a medical training at Anderson's College in Glasgow in 1836. In 1841 he left for Africa and spent the next 32 years opening up the "Dark Continent".

In this lecture, Professor Barrett outlined key scientific and geographical discoveries made by Livingstone and, in particular, discussed the impact of tropical diseases on Livingstone's travels in Africa.

14th March 2013: RSE@Lochaber Lecture: C T R Wilson, Ben Nevis and the Higgs Particle

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Professor Alan Watson FRS, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Leeds.

C T R Wilson, Scotland's only Nobal Laureate in Physics, made observations of the 'glories' while working at the observatory on Ben Nevis. A passion to reproduce this phenomenon in the laboratory led him to invent a device called a cloud chamber.

This talk painted a picture of C T R Wilson as a scientist and as a person, and showed how important his work was in developing one of the most exciting fields of modern physics.

13th March 2013: Enlightening the Constitutional Debate: Scotland and the EU

This was a public discussion seminar on the legal, political and economic issues around Scottish membership of the European Union in the event of a Yes vote in the referendum. Part of the Enlightening the Constitutional Debate Series. Read press report for Scotland and the EU 

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12th March 2013: RSE@Lochaber Lecture: A Lochaber McDonald in the Camp of Sitting Bull

Professor Jim Hunter FRSE, Professor of History of the Highlands & Islands, University of Highlands and Islands.

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In 1876 they wiped out General George A Custer and his 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Now Chief Sitting Bull and his Sioux people have fled from the United States to Canada. A young man follows White Bird to Sitting Bull’s camp. This young man’s name is Duncan McDonald.

Descended from chiefs of the Nez Perce and from chiefs of one of Scotland’s most formidable clans, Duncan’s family – first as Lochaber Highlanders, then as Native Americans – have twice been victims of massacre and dispossession. This lecture told their story.

4th March 2013: Lecture: Growing Healthcare Technology Businesses - Bringing Engineering Inventions to Market with Limited Resources

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Speaker: Ian Stevens, CEO, Touch Bionics

Ian Stevens has been fortunate to be associated with the development of 3 disruptive and leading healthcare technologies over the last 14 years; firstly the Optomap retinal scan from Optos, then Smartmesh for pelvic floor restoration from Mpathy Medical, and most recently the I-limb multi-articulating prosthetic hand from Touch Bionics. In this lecture he explored how these inventions were brought to market, describing some of the challenges overcome and discussing how the products evolved to meet the needs of their users.

This was a joint annual lecture with the Royal Academy of Engineering to promote research in engineering.

 

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