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Scots who changed the world

Glasgow City of Science were proud to provide contributors from the City of Science network to recent BBC School Radio programmes linked to 'The Scots that Changed the World' Series.

The programmes feature contributions from Dr Claire Quigley (Technologist) from CoderDojo Scotland based at Glasgow Science Centre and Prof Martin Hendry - Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at The University of Glasgow. Each 20 minute programme is narrated by Glasgow City of Science's, Dr Susie Mitchell.

Go listen!!!

Williamina Fleming, Astronomer

Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming circa 1890s

The story of how a young emigrant from Dundee was forced to find work in Boston as a housekeeper, but went on to become one of the most important astronomers of the time.

Listen to the programme and explore more resources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02l9zhp

James Clerk Maxwell, Physicist

'YoungJamesClerkMaxwell' by Unknown. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:YoungJamesClerkMaxwell.jpg#/media/File:YoungJamesClerkMaxwell.jpg

The story of 'Scotland's Forgotten Einstein', James Clerk Maxwell. Maxwell's lifelong curiosity about the world and his gift for solving complicated puzzles led him to a string of discoveries.

He was the first person to demonstrate a way of taking colour photos, and he worked out what the rings of Saturn were made of, before any powerful telescopes or spacecraft were around to get a good look. But his most important achievement was the discovery of electromagnetism. His prediction of electromagnetic waves led onto every type of gadget we now use that involves signals - from mobile phones and wifi equipment to radio, X rays and microwave ovens.

Listen to the programme and explore more resources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02lnywx

 

Links

University of Glasgow

CoderDojo Scotland

Glasgow Science Centre


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