I’ve mentioned John Boyd Orr previously, in connection with the poll I held on this blog last November about what is the ugliest building at the University of Glasgow. The Boyd Orr Building came on top of that poll as the runaway winner for the title of “Ugliest Building at the University of Glasgow”. It seems to be somewhat of a habit at the University to remember some of its most famous sons (because there are no buildings named after women at the University of Glasgow) by naming some of the ugliest buildings on campus. Case in point, the Adam Smith Building.
John Boyd Orr (1880-1971), 1st Baron Boyd-Orr, a graduate of Glasgow University, is inarguably one of the greatest Scots ever to have lived. A politician, teacher, doctor, biologist, rector of Glasgow University (1945-47), and chancellor of Glasgow University (1947-1971), Boyd Orr is best known for his quest to end world hunger (for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1949), and was also first Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He was also the co-founder and the first President of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS). He was knighted in 1949, and lived to be 90 years old. As a University of Glasgow student, it’s alumni like this whose legacy you stand on and study around. No pressure.
I’ll leave you with a quote from the man himself:
There can be no peace in the world so long as a large proportion of the population lack the necessities of life and believe that a change of the political and economic system will make them available. World peace must be based on world plenty. [source]
For more about the Boyd Orr Building and the man who it’s named after, see my previous posts on the subject.
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