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EMAS bionic arm


Prosthetic arm, EMAS (Edinburgh Modular Arm System), the world's first bionic arm, designed as a modular system so the joints could be fitted to patients with a range of different prosthetic needs, metal and plastic, this arm was fitted to [Robert] Campbell Aird, part of the research and education collections of the Southeast Mobility and Rehabilitation Technology (SMART) Centre, Edinburgh, resulting for the research of David Gow, Edinburgh, 1998

Museum reference



History of Science

Object name

Prosthetic arm

Production information

Gow, David James, 1957 (b.), Researcher
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, EUROPE




Metal, Plastic, Plastic


Southeast Mobility and Rehabilitation Technology (SMART) Centre
Aird, Robert Campbell, 1951 - 2008


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NHS Lothian Archives accession number 10/001 (related paper and film material)

Film of interview with David Gow of the SMART Centre, NHS Lothian (see DVD in object file)

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