David Gow was born in 1957 in Dumfries. David went to school at Breconbeds, Annan Academy and then onto to the University of Edinburgh, where he studied Engineering Science graduating with honours in 1979.
He worked as a development engineer in laser systems at Ferranti for one year then in 1981 he went to the Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital to work for the University of Edinburgh on a project to develop a control system for artificial limbs.
He worked for the University for three years until he transferred to the NHS where he has continued to work in a number of posts, most recently as Head of Smart Services, which provides rehabilitation engineering services to South East Scotland.
David completed the world’s first electric arm fitting in 1998, the world’s first partial electric hand for adults and for children in 1993 and 1999.
He founded Touch Bionics in 2002 and it was here that David did much of the work on the iLimb hand, the world’s first articulating hand prosthesis. In 2007 Touch Bionics successfully brought the iLimb to market and then two years later they also brought the world’s first prosthetic digit system to market. In 2014 he was awarded the CBE for services in upper limb prosthetics and his work was further recognised in February 2015 when it featured on a stamp in the series Inventive Britain.