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Rankine Building

Rankine Building
There are four main temperature scales: Celsius (°C), Fahrenheit (°F), Kelvin (K), and Rankine (°R). The reason I mention this is to highlight Glasgow University’s contribution to the science of thermodynamics as the people behind the Kelvin and Rankine scales were associated with the University of Glasgow.

The Rankine scale is named after Scottish engineer and physicist (William John) Macquorn Rankine (1820–1872), who proposed the temperature scale in 1859 whilst he was Regius Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics from 1855 to 1872.

Situated on Oakfield Avenue, the Rankine Building was opened in 1970 as the new home for the Departments of Civil Engineering and Electronics & Electrical Engineering. I guess I don’t need to tell you who it was named after.

I’m not going to attempt to explain the Rankine scale here. You can read about it on Wikipedia, or if anyone reading this is willing to provide a short description in the comments section below, please do.

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One response

  1. Raj

    As far as I can tell skimming the Wiki article, the Rankine scale starts at absolute zero (like the Kelvin scale) but goes up in increments of 1 degree Fahrenheit, rather than 1 degree Celsius.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:15 am

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