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Honorary degree for bionics pioneer David Gow  

The inventor of the i-limb artificial hand, David Gow, has been awarded an honorary degree as part of the University's winter graduations.

Honorary degree for bionics pioneer David Gow

Mr Gow, an Edinburgh engineering graduate who launched the i-limb in 2007, received the an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science at the McEwan Hall.

The award, which was presented by the University's Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Mathieson, is in recognition of Mr Gow's world renowned innovations in upper limb prosthetics.

Profound impact

Proposing Mr Gow for the award, Professor Hugh McCann of the University's School of Engineering said Mr Gow’s work had had a profound impact on the lives of many thousands of people.

Having graduated from Edinburgh in 1979, Mr Gow took up a research post at the University and began work in the field of prosthetics.

He subsequently juggled demanding roles in NHS management and prosthetics research while developing the spin-off company Touch EMAS, which later became Touch Bionics, employing more than 120 people.

Great achievement

Mr Gow, from Annan in Dumfriesshire, was awarded a CBE in 2014. The i–limb hand was celebrated as one of eight great British inventions of the 20th century by marked by a set of Royal Mail stamps in 2015.

Now in 2018, as we celebrate 150 years since Queen Victoria bestowed the Regius Chair of Engineering on the University of Edinburgh, it is our privilege to proclaim these great achievements of one of our own alumni.

Professor Hugh McCann

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