Former Rothesay pupil is Baird award winner

Chris Markwell and Lord Smith of Kelvin with the Baird of Bute Society's 2015 award winners, Eleanor Campbell and Gordon McConnell.
Chris Markwell and Lord Smith of Kelvin with the Baird of Bute Society's 2015 award winners, Eleanor Campbell and Gordon McConnell.

A former Rothesay Academy pupil has been named as one of the Baird of Bute Society’s Scottish Award winners for 2015 for her innovative contributions to scientific research.

Dr Eleanor Campbell, who was born and brought up on Bute, is professor of chemistry at Edinburgh University and received a Fellowship from the Royal Society in 2010 for her pioneering work.

She follows in the footsteps of another scientist with strong Bute connections, Professor Patrick Gunning, who received the society’s Scottish Award for Innovation in 2013.

This year’s winner of the Baird of Bute Society’s Scottish Award for Aviation, meanwhile, is Dr Gordon McConnell, whose career in aircraft engineering culminated in his work as chief engineer of the Airbus A350.

The society’s two 2015 award winners were named at an event in Edinburgh on Monday, though their work will be officially honoured at the organisation’s annual awards dinner in Rothesay in September.