A Question of Influence

Provost Skene’s House is set to reopen in autumn 2020 as a new attraction celebrating more than 100 local people who over the centuries transformed the world. Here are 10 of them – how much do you know about their global influence?

1. Robert William Thomson (1822–1873) made driving more relaxing by inventing what?
Ο  Disc brakes
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Ο  Pneumatic tyre
Correct! Adding air-cushioned comfort.
Ο  Turn-key ignition 
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2. Video game producer Leslie Benzies, above, drove development of which ground-breaking series?
Ο  Call of Duty
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Ο  Grand Theft Auto
Ο  The Legend of Zelda
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3. Margaret Myles (1892–1988) was a life-saving reformer in which field?
Ο  Anesthesia
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Ο  Midwifery
Correct! She wrote “Textbook for Midwives” which became a global guide.
Ο  Pediatrics
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4. John Henry Anderson (1814–1874) was the first magician to perform which iconic trick?
Ο  Making someone vanish from a cabinet
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Ο  Pulling a rabbit from a hat
Correct! Take a bow…
Ο  Sawing someone in half
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5. Nan Shepherd (1893–1981) wrote one of the finest books about the natural world. What was it called?
Ο  Ring of Bright Water
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Ο  The Living Mountain
Correct! An ode to The Cairngorms on her native Deeside.
Ο  Sunset Song
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6. Thomas Blake Glover (1838 –1911) was a key player in Japan’s industrial revolution. Which corporation did he help establish?
Ο  Nissan
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Ο  Mitsubishi
Correct! It evolved from a shipping company Glover had formed. 
Ο  Toyota
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7. Nobel laureate John Macleod (1876–1935), above, helped discover which hormone?
Ο  Cortisol
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Ο  Insulin
Correct! Insulin is used to treat diabetes.
Ο  Testosterone
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8. Speech therapist Catherine Hollingworth (1904–1999) was the founder of which institution?
Ο  The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild
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Ο  The Children’s Theatre
Correct! It went on to develop an international reputation.
Ο  Scottish Opera
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9. Pete Cashmore (born 1985) developed the pioneering digital media news website Mashable…
Ο  … during an internship in Silicon Valley
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Ο  … in his bedroom while growing up in Banchory
Correct! He was still a teenager when he launched it.
Ο  … after “friending” Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook
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10. Rower Katherine Grainger (born 1975), who trained on the River Dee, is Britain’s most decorated female Olympian. How many medals has she won?
Ο  Six
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Ο  Five
Correct! Her haul includes a Gold at the London Olympics 2012.
Ο  Four
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