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On This Day: 17th of December

On this day in 2003:

Pilcher Memorial
Percy Pilcher and "Bat"Elizabeth Cameron, Lord Provost of Glasgow, unveiled a plaque dedicated to Percy Pilcher at Glasgow Airport to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight. The ceremony took place in the airport VIP lounge which was renamed The Pilcher Suite. A book entitled From Pilcher to the Planets written by Dugald Cameron, Roderick Galbraith and Douglas Thomson, was launched at the event and members of Glasgow University Air Squadron flew over the fields in Cardross where Pilcher made his first glider test flights.

On this day in 2007:

Kelvin Centenary
University Principal Sir Muir Russell paid tribute to the genius of Lord Kelvin at a wreath-laying ceremony in Westminster Abbey, on the centenary of the death of the great scientist's death. The Principal said:

"We would... pay tribute to Lord Kelvin's long and distinguished service to the University of Glasgow, and for the ways in which he enhanced and continues to enhance our fame and reputation. He was a student, an inspirational teacher, indefatigable researcher, and Professor of Natural Philosophy for 53 years, becoming our Chancellor in 1904. His commitment to Glasgow was immense: we owe him a great debt of gratitude. Through this act of remembrance and celebration, we mark once more our appreciation for all that he did for, and continues to mean to, our University."

Births and Deaths

Archibald MainOn this day in 1876
Archibald Main was born.

On this day in 1999
Terence Nonweiler died.

Sir John McNeeOn this day in 1887
Sir John McNee was born.

On this day in 1824
John Kerr was born.

On this day in 1873
John Marshall was born.

On this day in 1868
Gilbert Park was born.

On this day in 1866
Robert Ramsey was born.

On this day in 1877
John Thomas Arnott was born.

On this day in 1883
Alexander Brown was born.

On this day in 1884
Gilbert Wilkie Elliott was born.

On this day in 1868
James Fisher Frew was born.

On this day in 1883
William Grier was born.

On this day in 1882
Duncan Bell Hutchinson was born.

On this day in 1887
Allan Watt Izat was born.

On this day in 1886
Christina Mackay was born.

On this day in 1880
Robert Thin Craig Robertson was born.

Mabel StewartOn this day in 1887
Mabel Stewart was born.

On this day in 1889
Minnie Whyte Boyd Wyllie was born.

On this day in 1863
William Pegram Hamilton was born.

On this day in 1891
William Watt Dornan was born.

On this day in 1890
Colina McFarlane Meikle was born.

On this day in 1888
David Weir was born.

On this day in 1819
Alan Ker was born.

On this day in 1888
Dugald Ferguson was born.

On this day in 1886
John Eglinton Cameron was born.

On this day in 1889
James Aitken Boag was born.

On this day in 1891
Elizabeth Sands Main was born.

On this day in 1895
William James Entwistle was born.

On this day in 1894
John Lyle Bell was born.

On this day in 1893
Robert John Leslie Fraser was born.

On this day in 1892
Elizabeth Houston was born.