Great British Innovation – Part 3 Scotland

In our last blog in this series we looked into major leaps forward in innovation from the region we are based in – the North West of England. As we have recently had Burns night, in this article we will look into the most influential offerings to innovation from our Celtic cousins in Scotland.

Steeped in world famous history, Scotland has a culture and heritage of pushing the social and traditional boundaries, and when it comes to innovating there is no exception. Here are our top three biggest past innovations to come from Scotland:

Dolly The Sheep

Dolly was born on 5th July 1996, being the first animal cloned using an adult cell. The success of such an ambitious project was afore thought of as being impossible to achieve, and the successful cloning of an animal caused a worldwide stir on both positive and negative ends of the scale!

Ian Wilmut from Roslin Institute near Edinburgh led the team of researchers and scientists who created Dolly. Wilmut had admitted to the shock of the negative reception the achievement had received from the general public after creating a life without the traditional methods, despite the positive opportunities this could lead to.

Whether you agree morally with this biological achievement, it certainly stands out as one of the most influential and disruptive achievements in the biological engineering landscape.

Ultrasound Scanner

Keeping in the theme of medical advancements, roughly half a century after the discovery of the use of X-rays for medical purposes, the limitations and risks of the emitted rays were finally recognised. Unable to detect soft tissue such as tumours, and a strong correlation between the treatment and potential destruction of cells due to cancer.

Researchers in the medical field sought out a solution using the same technology we had used with sonar in the Second World War. Being able to create a picture of tissue without the harmful effects of an X-ray.

The first Diasonagraph Mark1 was built in Scotland, being able to provide a one and two dimensional image of a fetus. The further beauty of this solution was the fact it was relatively cheap to manufacture, and easy to be made portable for use in hospitals and other medical institutions.

Laser Ophthalmoscope

The son of Douglas Anderson, being only 5 years old was permanently blinded in one eye after a retinal detachment was detected too late by medical professionals, even after regular eye examinations.

Anderson went on to invent the Ophthalmoscope which was able to detect early signs of eye disease due to the innovative design of its ultra-wide retinal imager. The apparatus was also able to detect other potential non-sight related health issues such as diabetes, hypertension and certain types of cancer. The invention far superseded its previous competition which was only able to capture 5% of the eye, as the Ophthalmoscope was able to capture over 80% within quarter of a second.

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