Science & Innovation

John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird
Inventor, Entrepreneur, TV Pioneer and the first person to demonstrate a working television

The television pioneer John Logie Baird was born on the 13th August, 1888 at The Lodge, 121 West Argyle Street, Helensburgh. He was the youngest of the four children of the Revd John Baird, minister of the West Parish Church, Helensburgh, and his wife, Jessie Morrison Inglis.

Henry Bell

Henry Bell
Engineer and Steam Ship Pioneer

Henry Bell was born at Torphichen, Linlithgowshire on 7th April 1767 and was the fifth son of Patrick Bell and Margaret Easton, members of a well known family of millwrights, builders and engineers.

Horatio Scott Carslaw

Horatio Scott Carslaw
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Sydney

Carslaw was born 12 Feb 1870 in Helensburgh, son of the Rev. William Henderson Carslaw, Free Church minister, and his wife Elizabeth, née Lockhead , and was educated at Glasgow University and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He also studied in Rome, at Palermo and Gottingen. After taking his M.A in Glasgow in 1891 he became a scholar of Emmanuel College and Fourth Wrangler in 1894. He was appointed Lecturer of Mathematics at Glasgow University in 1896, and was elected a Fellow of Emmanuel College in 1899. In 1903 he became Professor of Mathematics in the University of Sydney and held the chair until 1935. He married in 1907 Ethel Maude, daughter of Sir William J Clarke, Bt, of Rupertswood, Victoria. She died within a year of their marriage.

Sir James George Frazer

Sir James George Frazer
Anthropologist, historian of religion and classical scholar

James George Frazer was, born in Blythswood Square, Glasgow on the 1st January 1854. He was the eldest of four children born by his father Daniel F. Frazer (1821-1900) and his mother Katherine Frazer, nee Bogle (d. 1899). Katherine’s grandfather was George Bogle who is reported to have been Warren Hasting’ envoy to Tibet in 1774. His father Daniel was a wealthy partner in the long-established firm of chemists Frazer and Green, he was also a devout follower of the Free Church of Scotland into whose doctrines James was raised.

William Herbert Guthrie-Smith

William Herbert Guthrie-Smith
Farmer, naturalist, writer and ornithologist

William Herbert Guthrie-Smith was born William Herbert Smith in Helensburgh, on 13 March 1862. He was the eldest child of John Guthrie Smith, a wealthy insurance broker, and Anne Penelope Campbell Dennistoun. After private tutoring and an English preparatory school, he attended Rugby School. He showed early interest in the natural world.