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Auld, Mary, 1893-1984, political activist

  • P0038
  • Person

Mary Auld was brought up in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, and moved to Glasgow during World War I. Her first husband was killed in action, leaving her to care for three young step children. In 1922, she married Jimmy Auld, and both became active members of the Cathcart Labour Party. For twelve years Mary was chairman of Glasgow Women's Advisory Council and served on the Executive of the Scottish Council of the Labour Party from 1932-1941, being chairman in 1937. She encouraged women to take an active role in the Labour Party and organised systematic canvassing, welfare and educational work. In this voluntary capacity she worked closely with Mary Sutherland, Women's Officer of the Scottish Labour Party during the 1920s and with her successor, Agnes Lauder, when Mary Sutherland moved to London as Chief Woman Officer of the Labour Party, a post which she held from 1932-1960. In mid 1940, Mary Auld was appointed Woman Organiser for Scotland after the death of Agnes Lauder, and filled this post with distinction until her retirement in 1958.

Bailey, Vernon Howe, 1874-1953, painter and illustrator

  • P1208
  • Person
  • 1874 - 1953

Born in New Jersey in 1874 and educated at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Art in Philadelphia, Bailey later studied at the Royal College of Art, London; Academie de l’ecluse, and Academie Bilouil, Paris. A staff artist on the Philadelphia Times, the Boston Herald, and a contributor to Harper's, Bailey was also a U.S. navy contract artist upon America's entry into WWI. His special subjects were city streets, landscapes, buildings and maritime scenes in Europe and America. The best known of his drawings are his sketches in pencil of London, his watercolor and drawings of Spain and his drawings of skyscrapers in New York City.

Baird, John Logie, 1888-1946, television pioneer

  • P0154
  • Person
  • 1888-1946

John Logie Baird was born in Helensburgh and studied electrical engineering at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. He was awarded an associateship of the College in 1914 and went on to attend Glasgow University as a final year BSc degree student, but did not sit the examinations.

On the completion of his studies, Baird became apprenticed with Argyll Motors and went on to work with other firms, including the Clyde Valley Electrical Power Company. In 1916 he applied for military service but was declared medically unfit. Following this, he engaged in various private business ventures in Glasgow, London and the West Indies.

In 1922 he retired to Hastings in order to recuperate from ill health. He rented an attic in a small house and it was here that he began to experiment with transmitting and receiving visual signals. He had limited resources, but in 1924 his efforts were rewarded by a flickering image on his screen. He returned to London and was able to receive enough backing to enable him to give a public demonstration. This was given at Selfridge’s Oxford Street store in April 1925 and showed the transmission of crude outlines of simple objects. The world’s first demonstration of television followed on 26 January 1926 at the Royal Institution, London. In May 1927 the first demonstration of television between London and Glasgow took place, and in February of the following year the first transatlantic television broadcast was successfully carried out. On 30 September 1929 the BBC made its first television broadcast using the Baird 30-line system.

Baird married Margaret Cecilia Albu in 1931 and together they had a son, Malcolm, and a daughter, Diana. Baird died on 14 June 1946 in Bexhill-on-Sea in Sussex.

Baird was an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Physical Society, and an Associate of the Royal Technical College, Glasgow.

Bank of Credit and Commerce International

  • C0057
  • Corporate body
  • 1972-1991

The Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) was founded in 1972 by Agha Hasan Abedi, a Pakistani financier. Within a decade, it operated in 78 countries, had over 400 branches, and had assets in excess of US$ 20 billion making it the 7th largest private bank in the world by assets.

On July 5, 1991, regulators shut BCCI down.

Banks, William McKerrell, b. c. 1944, mechanical engineer

  • P0664
  • Person

William (Bill) Banks studied mechanical engineering at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde from 1962 to 1966. He later became Professor of Advanced Materials at the University of Strathclyde.

Banks was President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2008. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He also served on the Council of the Institute of Materials Mining and Minerals.

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