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Arthur Samuel Frances Robinson

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Arthur Samuel Frances Robinson (1859-1943)

Born the son of Frederick Darby Robinson, a farmer of 400 acres.

Trained at E. R. and F. Turner

1882-99 Purchased an interest in P. and H. P. Gibbons which became Gibbons and Robinson, later Robinson and Auden[1]

1895 Developed a governor which was used with Robinson and Auden's engine in generating electricity for lighting[2]

1900 onward as independent engineer at White House, Barsham, Beccles

1911 Living at The White House, Barsham, Beccles: Arthur Robinson (age 52 born Barsham), Consulting Engineer. With his wife Eliza Robinson (age 49 born Calcutta). Two boarders and two servants.[3]


1946 Obituary [4]

ARTHUR SAMUEL FRANCES ROBINSON, who was elected a Member of the Institution in 1909, had a variety of inventions to his credit, including the Simplossima Thrashing Machine; the Robinson Expansion Shaft Governor; which was approved by Government tests at Portsmouth Dockyard, and the Empire Compensated Spring Wheel.

He was born in 1859, and after serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. E. R. and F. Turner, of Ipswich, was for a brief period draughtsman to the late Mr. J. Harrison Carter. He then joined Messrs. P. and H. P. Gibbons at their White Horse Ironworks, Wantage, and was subsequently concerned with consulting work. For many years he resided at Barsham, near Beccles, where he received engineering pupils and was actively engaged in his private workshops and drawing office on research in connection with his numerous inventions.

Mr. Robinson's death occurred on 17th July, 1943.


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