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Robert Henry Fowler

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Robert Henry Fowler (1851-1919) of John Fowler and Co

1851 Born in Melksham, son of Henry and Ann Ford Fowler[1]

1919 Obituary [2]

ROBERT HENRY FOWLER was born at Melksham, in February 1851, and was the nephew of Mr. John Fowler who was the inventor of the steam plough and the founder of the Steam Plough Works, at Leeds.

He entered the Steam Plough Works in 1874, and made many journeys for the Firm, mainly in tropical countries, between 1880 and 1910.

From 1888 he was the controlling and organizing head of Messrs. John Fowler and Co. (Leeds), Ltd., and under his administration the works have been completely modernized and brought up to date. His acquaintance with the application of mechanical power to the cultivation of land was extensive and thorough, and his agricultural experience covered a wide range of climates.

In 1903 he read a Paper before this Institution on "Roofing existing Shops while Work is proceeding."

His death took place in London on 4th May 1919, at the age of sixty-eight.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1894.

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