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Telford wins place in Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame

Thomas Telford, the ICE’s first President, was among the first civil engineers to be included in the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame, launched by former ICE president Gordon Masterton.

Masterton launched the Hall of Fame website to help inspire future generations of engineers.

Masterton first conceived the idea of a Scottish Hall of fame in 2011, while he was President of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland (IESIS), Helped by a panel of judges from academia, professional institutions and museums the Hall of Fame has so far inducted seven historical engineers, including Thomas Telford and James Watt.

The hall of fame acknowledges and celebrates the innovation and contribution of outstanding Scottish engineers. It also provides a resource so that future generations of engineers can learn from their predecessors.

The Scottish Hall of Fame is looking for further inductees and the website, in part, has been designed to make the Hall of Fame more accessible and easier to contact, while encouraging more people to put forward their own engineering heroes.

Inspiring young engineers

During his time as ICE President Masterton aimed to promote regional achievements as and inspire young engineers.

“These engineers made their great imaginative leaps very early in their careers and we want to highlight them as inspirational role models for young people,” said Masterton.

“Future inductees will include living, working engineers to bring it bang up to date and underpin today’s relevance. I’d like to think it could be a pilot for a UK engineering hall of fame.”

ICE Scotland regional director Sara Thiam said: “The Scottish Hall of Fame is a fantastic initiative as it really seeks to promote and recognise the role Scottish engineers have played in the development of the UK.

“Engineers are at the heart of any essential infrastructure project, boosting the UK economy, and the more people, especially the younger generation, who can be inspired by these great people can only be a good thing.”

At the end of September, IESIS will be hosting the James Watt Dinner, where it will announce further hall of fame inductees.

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