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Sir Samuel Curran, Lord Reith and Sir Andrew McCance about to present awards to students at the Royal College of Science and Technology, 1963.

Samuel Curran (left) was an eminent scientist who had worked on the atomic bomb Manhattan Project and with the Atomic Energy Authority before becoming Principal of the Royal College of Science and Technology in 1959. He played a major role in the establishment of the University of Strathclyde, and served as its first Principal from 1964 until his retirement in 1980, when the Curran Building was named after him.

John Reith (centre) was educated at Glasgow Academy and graduated as an engineer at the Royal Technical College. As founding Director-General of the BBC from 1922 to 1938, he exerted a major influence on the early years of broadcasting, emphasising standards and a high moral tone. The annual Reith Lectures were established by the BBC in 1947 in his honour. He was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow, 1965-1968.

Andrew McCance was a distinguished metallurgist and businessman, who was chairman of Colvilles. A graduate of the Royal Technical College, he was the College's last Chairman of the Board of Governors, 1950-1964. His role in the transformation of the College into the University of Strathclyde was recognised in the naming of the McCance Building.

Reference: P4/208/3

Reproduced with the permission of Strathclyde University Archives

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