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Francis Clough Robinson

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Francis Clough Robinson (1871-1930) of the Sheffield Smelting Co


1930 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS CLOUGH ROBINSON, Chairman of the Sheffield Local Section of the Institute, died on September 23, 1930.

He was born at Rugby in 1871, and received his general education at the City of London School, and his technical education at Finsbury Technical College, London.

From 1890-96 he was Assistant Chemist to Messrs. F. Claudet, Assayers to the Bank of England, and in the latter year joined the staff of the Sheffield Smelting Company, Ltd., with whom he held the position of Chief Chemist till his death.

At the outbreak of the war in 1914, although well over military age, he joined the Sheffield University and City Battalion, afterwards the 12th Batt. York and Lancaster Regiment. He saw active service in Egypt and France, including the battle of the Somme in 1916, when his battalion was practically wiped out. The severe strain of service at the front told on his health. He was invalided home in 1917, and was engaged in the Admiralty Inspection Office and Ministry of Munitions Laboratories in Sheffield.

Mr. Robinson was the author of several papers read before the Sheffield Local Section of the Institute, of which Section he was Vice-Chairman from 1927 to 1929 and Chairman 1928-30. He delivered the 1928 Streatfield Memorial Lecture before the Institute of Chemistry. A man of singular charm of character, he had many friends in the Sheffield district, and will be greatly missed in public as well as private life.

Mr. Robinson was elected a Member of the Institute on September 19, 1919.— H. GORDON DALE.


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