Curated by Professor Alastair Macdonald
In the late 50’s and early 60’s Glasgow led the world in the development of medical ultrasound. A unique combination of obstetrics, engineering and design expertise created the production models of ultrasound scanners that enabled the first scanning of pregnant women, in Glasgow hospitals, which has now become standard routine.
Organised and curated by Professor Alastair S Macdonald, (former head of PDE and currently Senior Researcher in the School of Design, at the GSA), this exhibition documents the early pioneers of ultrasound, the imaging of the foetus and the pivotal role of the then young designer, Dugald Cameron in transforming an industrial technology into a design which was usable, acceptable and manufacturable. After a period in Industry, Cameron went on to become the head of Product Design, Head of Design and then Director of the GSA.
The exhibition brings the story of ultrasound up to date by showcasing current research in Glasgow and Scotland, and the imaginings of future applications of ultrasound by GSA’s School of Simulation and Visualisation and current Product Design Engineering students.