Professor Dugald Cameron to receive Baird of Bute Society’s aviation award

Professor Dugald Cameron OBE will be presented with the Baird of Bute Society's Scottish Aviation Award at a dinner in Rothesay on September 20.
Professor Dugald Cameron OBE will be presented with the Baird of Bute Society's Scottish Aviation Award at a dinner in Rothesay on September 20.

Industrial designer and aviation artist Professor Dugald Cameron OBE will receive the Baird of Bute Society’s second Aviation Award at a ceremony in Rothesay later this month.

Professor Cameron, who lives in Skelmorlie, will be honoured for his contribution to Scottish aviation at a dinner on Friday, August 20.

Born in Glasgow and educated at the Glasgow School of Art, Professor Cameron became head of the GSA’s design school in 1982 and was its director/principal from 1991 to 1999.

He is also a former visiting professor of the University of Glasgow’s department of aerospace engineering, and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde’s department of design, manufacturing and engineering management.

A Companion of the Royal Aeronautical Society, an honorary patron of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron and a past chairman of the Prestwick Airport Consultative Committee, Professor Cameron received the Lord Provost of Glasgow’s Gold Medal for Education in 1998, was made an OBE in 2002 and was presented with a DSc (Hons) from the University of Strathclyde in 2002.

“I am surprised and delighted,” Professor Cameron said of his award. “Scotland has made a far greater contribution to the history of aviation than is generally realised, so I am glad to support the Society in helping to make these achievements more widely known, including that of Andrew Baird, with the intention of inspiring young people to take up the art of engineering.”

The Baird of Bute Society was set up in honour of the achievement of Rothesay blacksmith Andrew Blain Baird, who undertook Scotland’s first heavier-than-air powered flight at Ettrick Bay in September 1910, with the hope that Baird’s achievements would inspire a new generation of 21st-century aviators and engineers.