The former Watson-Watt Professor of Electronic Engineering at the University of Dundee has praised the Watson-Watt Society of Brechin for their success in creating a statue of the leader of the team that developed the radar defence system which played such a crucial part in the defence of the UK during World War II
Emeritus Professor Brian Makin was speaking when at the recent AGM of the society and saying he had been greatly impressed by the photograph in the press of sculptor Alan Herriot’s bronze image of Brechin-born Sir Robert Watson-Watt. The statue, currently in storage at Powderhall Foundry in Leith, shows a life-like image of the man holding an aeroplane in one hand and a pylon, representing the radar system, in his other.
Prof. Makin was proud and honoured to have held the Watson-Watt Chair at the University of Dundee for forty years. The professorial chair had been established to recognise Watson-Watt’s achievements. Watson-Watt had been a student at the then University College, now the University of Dundee.
The professor remained an admirer of Watson-Watt and his work for many years and suggested that the statue was an appropriate way to recognise his very important pioneering work in radar defence. He was pleased to attend the meeting to praise the efforts of society members.
The Society has announced that full payment has been made to the sculptor and to the foundry for casting the bronze statue. However, there is still a need to raise further funds in order transport the memorial to Brechin, to prepare the ground and create a substantial plinth to support the statue and to restore and landscape the site in St. Ninian’s Square.
With around £15,000 still required, the society has, over the last two weeks, distributed cards appealing to individuals and businesses to make donations. Already responses have been made by individuals and businesses, both locally and from further afield, including by an ex-Brechiner in London. So far, a total of more than £1,000 has been donated.
Every £1 donated goes towards bringing the statue to its site in Brechin.