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Records of Heriot-Watt College
    Papers of Hugh Bryan Nisbet

Notes, Addresses and Papers

Series Summary

Reference Code

GB 0582 HWC 3/1/58-67



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Name of creator

Nisbet | Hugh Bryan | 1902-1969 | principal of Heriot-Watt University

Biographical History

Biographical History

Hugh Bryan Nisbet's position as principal of Heriot-Watt College, and later Heriot-Watt University, often required him to address various local organisations, schools and professional conferences. His principal themes were the relation between science and the humanities, the idea of a technological university and the role of imagination and belief in science. He was also required to give speeches to the students of Heriot-Watt College and these usually contained exhortations to work hard and do well and words of praise upon the attainment of qualifications.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

The Notes, Addresses and Papers series consists of:

  • papers given by Hugh Bryan Nisbet to various groups and organisations (1951-1968)
  • papers written by others (1950-1956)
  • speeches and papers in honour of colleagues (1949-1965)
  • notes for meetings with and speeches to students (1954-1966)
  • reports (1954-1960)
  • papers relating to the presentation of a portrait to Hugh Bryan Nisbet (1967-1968)
  • personal material including photographs and a speech made at the funeral of Hugh Bryan Nisbet (1913-1969)




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