…Glasgow’s Kelvin River water flow, Bahrain Pharmacy business and desalination… unlikely links?…

…I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful ‘coincidences’ that march across our lives… my separate personae of businessman and writer/author/blogger sometimes get together to produce ‘Wow!’ moments… yesterday delivered one such confluence… I met with a fine Bahraini gentleman, Dr. Abdulmajeed Ali Alawadhi, who is a Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of a prominent local group, Bahrain Pharmacy… my purpose was to interview him about some other business relationship in Bahrain… but our conversation soon turned to his early days in the 1970s, when he was studying for his Masters Degree in my own home city of Glasgow… many young men and women from the Middle East over the years have chosen Scotland as their preferred destination for higher learning… Abdulmajeed pursued his degree in Mechanical Engineering, and rejoiced under the tutelage and guidance of one of science’s unsung heroes – Professor R.S.Silver… Professor Silver was a leading pioneer in the evolving area of water desalination and his name appears all over Google in that field… however, the personal linkage with Abdulmajeed is remarkable… apparently, Professor Silver was a gifted teacher and would give his class individual projects that encouraged them to think and develop their own minds… he tasked Abdulmajeed to find out how much volume of water flowed daily in the River Kelvin, nearby the university… a daunting challenge… the young Bahraini was undeterred… he went immediately to the bridge alongside the Kelvin, equipped with string, stones and a floating plastic ball…

…with the stone tied to the bottom of the string, he measured the depth at various places in the river, thereby charting the riverbed geography and parabola… next, the floating ball thrown into the water moved at a certain speed along the surface, allowing Abdulmajeed to calculate how much volume moved from A to B in a certain time span… he finished the exercise and his calculations around 5 .oo pm and, excited, ran all the way back to the university, hoping that Professor Silver would still be at his classroom desk… he was there, and the young scientist/engineer shared his results with the great man…

…the next morning, in front of the other students in the class, the findings were revealed and praise showered upon his student… even while Abdulmajeed was telling me the story yesterday, I was projected back into that classroom with him, and could feel the everlasting wonder, pride, and delight at having solved his first assignment so well… as the saying goes, a lot of a water has flowed under the bridge since then… but the tale lives on… see yeez later.. LUV YEEZ!

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7 responses to “…Glasgow’s Kelvin River water flow, Bahrain Pharmacy business and desalination… unlikely links?…

  1. A wonderful coincidence – and also a great example of inspirational teaching. Thank you for sharing, Seumas:)

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  2. The enthusiasm of youth never ceases to amaze and coupled with an inspiring teacher…Is all that is required for the pupil to achieve greatness 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Seumas remembers…

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  4. Some remarkable minds. 🙂 — Suzanne

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