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Michael Scott-Robinson

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Michael Scott-Robinson (1874-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"MICHAEL SCOTT-ROBINSON, who was born at Gateshead in 1874, received his technical education at the Technical. School in that town, gaining first-class certificates in seven subjects.

His apprenticeship was served from 1890 to 1895, first with Messrs. R. and W. Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Ltd., locomotive engineers, of Newcastle upon Tyne, and later with Messrs. Simpson, Strickland and Company, Ltd., marine engineers, Dartmouth, in whose employment he continued as a junior draughtsman for another year. After gaining further experience in the same capacity with Messrs. Laurence, Scott and Company, Ltd., electrical engineers, of Norwich, he came to London in 1897 and entered Mr. Peter Brotherhood's drawing office.

Six years later he was promoted to be chief draughtsman with responsibility for the ordering of materials to meet the requirements of British and foreign governments, as regards high-pressure air compressors, steam engines, and other engineering products, including torpedo engines. In addition he was responsible for the conduct of experiments and also the design and testing of internal combustion engines. He resigned this appointment in 1907 and since that date the remainder of his career was spent in private practice as a consulting engineer in West minster. In this capacity he acted as adviser to Lloyds Under writers on matters relating to the insurance of motor cars, electric generating machinery, and a variety of other types of plant against breakage. His services as consultant were also retained by the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company, Ltd. Mr. Scott-Robinson's death occurred on 30th January 1948. He had been a Member of the Institution since 1918."

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