Great Thinkers

Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson

Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson was an influential biologist, zoologist, and classicist. He is most famous for his work On Growth and Form. In which, he posited that biological creatures and their physical structures must conform to the laws of physics and can be further understood through mathematical equations. Thompson was born in Edinburgh on May 2nd, 1860. His father was the classical master at the Edinburgh academy and managed …

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Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson was born in 1821 at Burnside, near St Andrews, and enjoyed an early education at Madras College. While in St Andrews, he was introduced to the calotype process by his brother, Dr John Adamson, and Sir David Brewster.1 Due to his fragile health, he did not become an engineer as he had originally planned, becoming a photographer instead. 2  During his short life, Adamson established himself as a pioneer of early photography, best known for his collaboration with the painter …

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Margaret Fairlie

Margaret Fairlie was born in 1891 on West Balmirmer Farm, Angus.  She studied medicine at the University of St Andrews and University College Dundee, graduating in 1915. Dr Fairlie began working at Dundee Royal Infirmary and teaching in the medical school in 1920.    Dr. Fairlie eventually became Head of Clinical Gynaecology in Dundee and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in St Andrews, despite opposition to her appointment …

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