Making Waves: Lecture by Prof. Dugald Cameron
Exhibitions, The GSA Public Lecture Series

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The GSA Public Lecture


Maurice Bloch Lecture Theatre Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow 242 St Vincent Street Glasgow G2 5RJ


29 Nov 2018

Thu 18:00 - 20:00



Diasonograph 1
Built by Kevin & Hughes, Glasgow

Making Waves: Lecture by Prof. Dugald Cameron

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The GSA Public Lecture Series Presents:
Making Waves

A lecture by Prof. Dugald Cameron

Thursday, 29th November 2018, 18:00-20:00

Maurice Bloch Lecture Theatre
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow
242 St. Vincent Street 
Glasgow G2 5RJ

This event is part of The GSA Public Lecture Series

Arguably the most important technological development to affect the lives of women in the last 50 or so years has been diagnostic obstetrics ultrasound. For a few short years in the late 50's and early 60's, Glasgow led the world in its development. A unique collaboration between experts in clinical obstetrics, engineering, electronics and industrial design created the first prototypes and production models of ultrasound scanners for routine obstetrics scanning in Glasgow hospitals.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first and seminal Lancet paper alerting the medical profession to the possibilities of the use of ultrasound, just 10 years after the birth of the NHS, Professor Dugald Cameron, Director of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) from 1991 to 1999, will give a keynote lecture of his pivotal role, as a final year industrial design student and for his first paid commission, in the design and realisation of the prototype Sundén machine, and then the first commercially produced ultrasonic scanner in the world, the Diasonograph, manufactured by Kelvin and Hughes, Glasgow. 

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the adjacent Lower Library Room. 

The lecture will be introduced by Professor Alastair Macdonald, who studied under Cameron in the 1970's and who is now Senior Researcher in the School of Design at GSA, who will also provide details of the forthcoming Ultrasonic Glasgow exhibition at GSA featuring Cameron's drawings from the GSA archive, as well as more recent GSA ultrasonics-related design and research.

Watch the video from the lecture below:


The GSA Public Lecture Presents: Making Waves by Prof. Dugald Cameron, OBE from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.