Exhibit to focus on engineers

A rare studio photograph, c1960, of Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt without his hallmark spectacles.
A rare studio photograph, c1960, of Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt without his hallmark spectacles.

An exhibition by Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) celebrating engineers will feature Brechin-born Sir Robert Watson-Watt.

The exhibition, which will be held in London’s Savoy Place and feature a display of ‘126 most influential engineers’ honours a range of individuals, past and present, from around the world.

It celebrates the achievements of those who have improved the quality of our lives over the years with innovative ideas and problem-solving capabilities.

Watson-Watt, who has a statue commemorating him in Brechin’s St Ninian’s Square, realised that radio waves could be used to detect objects such as aircraft.

He was able to detect aircraft within a perimeter of 90 miles with his Chain Home radars, the invention of which is largely credited with Britain’s success during the Battle of Britain in 1940.

All of those featured in the showcase are considered as having an impact on human kind and as reflecting the development of engineering over the 144-year history of the IET.

Other engineers include Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, physicist Albert Einstein and pioneers of aviation, the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur.

The showcase comes among several other new features such as the digital chandelier, live video walls and display of ‘100 engineering ideas that changed the world’ as part of the re-opening of Savoy Place following a £30 million refurbishment of the building.

Simon Timmis, senior marketing manager for IET Venues and Events, said: “The development of these exhibits is hugely exciting for all involved. It represents and celebrates the best in engineering accomplishments and reminds us of the huge positive impact that technological invention can have. We are very much looking forward to showcasing it as it provides a fantastic backdrop for conferences and events, and is really what sets us apart from other venues in London.”

For more on the exhibition, visit: http://savoyplace.theiet.org/engineering-hub/discover/gallery/index.cfm