Sir Robert Robertson, K.B.E., F.R.S.


ROBERT ROBERSTON passed away on April 28 after a short illness which ended a very strenuous life. He was working at his researches in the Davy Faraday Laboratory almost up to the last, although he was in his eightienth year. I was first associated with him in 1900 when he was directing the laboratory of the Royal Gunpowder Factory at Waltham Abbey. In those days, almost half a century ago, ideas as to scientific control in manufacture were very modest, and the scale of remuneration was even more modest; and so this important Government factory had a staff of five or six chemists only, and their duties were many and diverse.


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MARSHALL, A. Sir Robert Robertson, K.B.E., F.R.S.. Nature 163, 865 (1949).

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