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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.

Barony Church, Glasgow
C0088 · Corporate body · Built 1889

The Barony congregation of the Church of Scotland was in existence for several hundred years in Glasgow, in the neighbourhood of Glasgow Cathedral. When the old church building was deemed to be in a state of terminal disrepair, the congregation and their minister, the Reverend John Marshall Lang, raised funds for a new building. The new Barony Church, located on the opposite side of Cathedral Square, the site of the former Townhead Gas Works, was opened in 1889. In 1985, the final service was held in the church and the building was sold to the University of Strathclyde. After its restoration, for which the University was awarded international prizes, the building came into use as the University's Barony Hall, hosting graduations, examinations and functions. The Barony congregation dispersed in 1985.