Andrew Robertson (engineer)

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Andrew Robertson
Born (1883-01-30)30 January 1883
Died 22 October 1977(1977-10-22) (aged 94)
Institutions University of Bristol
Alma mater University of Manchester
Notable awards FRS (1940)[1]

Andrew Robertson FRS[1] (30 January 1883 in Lancashire – 22 October 1977) was a British mechanical engineer.


He was the son of a marine engineer. He was a graduate of the University of Manchester, with a first-class honours degree

Career and research[edit]

He was a demonstrator and tutor at the university. He investigated mild steel with Gilbert Cook.[2] During World War I, he worked at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough Airfield.

He was appointed Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. In 1924, he was elected Principal of the college and dean of the faculty.[3] A room is named for him at Bristol University.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Robertson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1940.[1] His candidature citation stated that he was "Distinguished for his experimental researches in problems relating to the strength of materials. Much of this work was done during the War (his study of the elastic properties of timber calls for special mention) and has not been published under his own name, but his papers on the drop of stress which occurs at yield (with G Cook), and on the strength of solid and tubular struts are classic. He has played a great part in the building up of the Engineering School at Bristol. Member of the Advisory Council DSIR".[5]


  1. ^ a b c Pugsley, A. (1978). "Andrew Robertson. 30 January 1883-22 October 1977". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 24: 514. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1978.0016. 
  2. ^ Robertson, A. (1952). "Gilbert Cook. 1885-1951". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 8 (21): 108. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1952.0007. 
  3. ^ Archived September 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". The Royal Society. Retrieved 7 October 2010. [dead link]
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Harry Ralph Ricardo
President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Succeeded by
Oliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid