Baird in engineering Hall of Fame

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John-Logie-Baird-1926-wHELENSBURGH'S John Logie Baird, the man who was the first in the world to televise objects in motion, has been inducted into the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame.

Professor Malcolm Baird, the son of John Logie Baird and president of Helensburgh Heritage Trust, provided some original material for the Hall of Fame website.

He said: "Scotland's contributions to engineering are so great that it came as a surprise to me that the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame has only been in existence for a few years.

"The descendants of John Logie Baird in Scotland and Canada are delighted that he has been included, and we hope that the SEHF will inspire bright young people to continue Scotland's great tradition of engineering and innovation.”

Chairman and founder of the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame, Gordon Masterton said: “The Hall of Fame shows how Scotland can rightly claim to be one of the most important seed beds of great engineering accomplishments since the 16th Century. Engineering inspired enterprise has been part of Scotland’s DNA for nearly half a millennium.

"John Logie Baird is one of Scotland’s outstanding examples of ingenuity, invention and perseverance.” 

Derek Elder, chair of the IET’s Scottish Policy Group said: “The IET has an annual John Logie Baird Lecture in his memory. That is a measure of his importance in the history of technology. The Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame award is richly deserved.”

The Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame was launched in 2011 by The Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, and is supported by engineering institutions, museums and trade bodies, including the IET.

The Baird page on their website can be found here. The picture above was taken in 1926.