Could Doctor Who be your greatest Glaswegian of all time?

The time-travelling hero – or at least, one of his Earthly alter-egos Peter Capaldi - joins pioneering scientist Muriel Robertson as the final two contenders for the title.

All through July, the Evening Times has been revealing the top 50 men and women who have put Glasgow on the map through politics, the arts, business, science, sport and more.

Now that all 50 have been revealed, it’s over to you – in Monday’s newspaper and online, we will reveal how you can vote for your favourite to be crowned Greatest Glaswegian of all time.


Peter Capaldi was born in Springburn, and he attended Possilpark Primary School. His parents ran an ice cream business.

Fond of acting from a young age, he actually studied illustration at Glasgow School of Art.

His big break in showbusiness came when Bill Forsyth cast him opposite Burt Lancaster in the hit movie Local Hero.

Capaldi tried his hand at directing and won an Oscar for his short film Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life, starring Richard E Grant and Ken Stott; delighted a generation sick fed up with political spin as foul-mouthed, permanently furious Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It; and won over another, younger generation as the Twelfth Doctor in the most famous long-running sci-fi series of all time.

His understanding of what the Doctor means to his or her young fans made him a firm favourite with die-hard followers.

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Muriel Robertson was a pioneering scientist who went against the grain in a male-dominated field.

Her ground-breaking work on tropical disease helped establish Glasgow as one of the world’s leading centres of research into parasitic diseases such as malaria and her work continues to inspire scientists today.

Born in the city in 1883, Muriel studied at Glasgow University with male students who refused to be taught alongside women. She travelled alone to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Uganda for her research into African sleeping sickness, and finally obtained her Doctor of Science in 1923.

Throughout her life, she made a number of breakthroughs on how sleeping sickness was transferred and was one of the first women to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1947.

Muriel continued her research in Cambridge and despite officially retiring in 1948, worked at the Lister Institute in London until 1961. She was still lecturing at the age of 80 and died 10 years later in 1973.

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To discover more about all 50 people in the running to be crowned Greatest Glaswegian, visit and don’t miss Monday’s Evening Times or our webpage to find out how to vote for your favourite.