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Robert Henry Brown (c1870-1951)
1951 Obituary 
"ROBERT HENRY BROWN specialized in the align of rice milling machinery and was the inventor of rice shelling and pearling machines, which contributed greatly to the nutritional value of that food.
He was educated at the High Schools in Edinburgh and Glasgow and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Aitken, McNeill and Company, Ltd., Colonial Ironworks, Glasgow, passing through the shops and drawing office, from 1886 to 1891. After gaining some practical experience in various works, he sailed for the Far East and for the next fifteen years acted as superintending engineer for Messrs. The Arracan Company, Ltd., London, in connection with the design and erection of rice mills in Burma and Siam.
In 1905 he became works and acting general manager to Messrs. Howarth Erskine, Ltd., Bangkok, shipbuilders and public works contractors. After holding this position for seven years he went into practice as a consulting engineer in the same city and was a partner in the firm of Messrs. Barrow Brown and Company for the next six years.
Since 1918 he had been associated with Messrs. W. E. Moulsdale and Company, Ltd., consultants to firms in Siam and the Far East, and in addition, from 1924, had acted as technical adviser and chairman of the board of the Allied National Corporation, Ltd., Westminster, export engineers. Mr. Brown, who had been a Member of the Institution since 1909, died on 2nd May 1951 at the age of eighty-one."