John Robison (inventor)
In 1802 he entered the service of Nizam of Hyderabad as contractor for the establishment and maintenance of military service. He left India a wealthy man, in 1815.
From 1834 he was the Edinburgh Commissioner of Police.
He received the Guelphic Order in 1837 from William IV and knighted in 1838.
He died at his final house in Edinburgh, 13 Randolph Crescent, on 7 March 1843. A memorial exists to Sir John Robison on the south wall of St Johns Episcopal Church in Edinburgh a few hundred metres east of his house.
- Tapered wood screws (1829)
- Pneumatic cheese press (1830)
- Furniture casters (1835)
- Improved gas cooker (1839)
- Improved gas lighting (1839)
- Improved camera lucida (1841)
- Machine for creating curved files (1842)
He married twice, firstly in 1816 to Jean Grahame who died in 1824 and secondly to Miss Benson who died in 1837.
- Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1840-41
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: John Robison
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Robison, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
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