rankine head shotJuly 2020 marks the bicentenary of the birth of William Rankine. Join a special webinar celebrating his life and achievements on the 27 July. Register for this free event to find out just how influential this Scottish engineer and physicist has been in shaping the modern world.

Rankine is well known as one of the founding fathers of the science of thermodynamics but he is also a key figure in the fields of metallurgy, shipbuilding, and civil engineering. Each presentation in this celebratory webinar will deal with a specific field that Rankine influenced and will be delivered by a specialist in the subject with renowned physicist and TV presenter Helen Czerski hosting the session on Rankine’s legacy in thermodynamics. Book your free place here.


Free Event Programme

The programme will explore subjects that William Rankine studied, taught and influenced. 

9.00am - 11.00am British Summer Time. 

  • Welcome by Andy Pearson of the Institute of Refrigeration and  Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders
  • Rankine’s Glasgow and his Contribution to Engineering Education - Prof. Joe McGeough of University of Edinburgh
  • Rankine’s legacy in Thermodynamics -  Dr Helen Czerski of University College London
  • Rankine’s legacy in Shipbuilding - Paul Sweeney of Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders
  • Rankine’s legacy in Metallurgy -  Prof Margaret Stack of Strathclyde University
  • Rankine’s legacy in Civil Engineering - Prof Gordon Masterton University of Edinburgh
  • Summary and close at 11am

This special event is the opening session of the Rankine 2020 Conference – Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation but, in order to celebrate Rankine’s birth, this session is open to all and free to join.  

The Rankine 2020 Conference is a unique virtual event which is bringing together the fields of power cycles, working fluids, and RACHP application. This technical conference will feature 75 individual talks, 3 keynote addresses, and 1 short course. Spaces are still available for the Rankine 2020 Conference and prices start from £168 inc .vat. This includes access to all live conference sessions, downloads of all 75 technical papers, and unlimited access to recordings of talks until the end of this year. Visit rankine2020.com for more information and bookings.