John Robison (inventor)
In 1802 he entered the service of Nizam of Hyderabad as a 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 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.
- Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
- "RSSA: History: Past Presidents". www.rssa.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
- "Edinburgh Post Office annual directory, 1832-1833". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
- 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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