Dr Robert Buchan
DEng, MSc, BSc
Dr Buchan is a Canada-based Scottish mining entrepreneur, philanthropist and Heriot-Watt graduate. He is committed to supporting higher education with a focus on what is needed in the future and recently funded the establishment of the Robert M Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.
Dr Buchan is a widely admired international business figure, with a passion for advancing scientific research into addressing the key energy sustainability challenges facing the world today; he will be an inspiration to our students.
Dr Buchan grew up in Rosyth, Fife, and obtained an undergraduate degree in mining from Heriot-Watt University in 1969 and a Master of Science degree in mining engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1971. As well as supporting Heriot-Watt University, Dr Buchan helped establish the Whitlock Energy Collaboration Centre at Carnegie College in his native Fife, and funded the establishment of Robert M Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University, Ontario.
In 2011 Dr Buchan was awarded Canada's Scottish Studies Society's 'Scot of the Year Award', an accolade reserved only for those who have achieved distinction through their contribution to Canadian society and the international community at large. In that same year, Heriot-Watt awarded Dr Buchan with an Honorary Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his steadfast dedication to philanthropy and contribution to international education.
He has been the inaugural Chairman of the Canadian National Trust for Scotland Foundation since 2011 – a conservation charity that protects and promotes 130 castles, gardens, islands and historic houses representing Scotland's natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy. Dr Buchan is also a director of the Buchan Family Foundation, which is involved in a number of philanthropic causes and campaigns.