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Robert Scott (1852-1908)

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Robert Scott (1852-1908)

1894 Joined I Mech E



1908 Obituary [1]

ROBERT SCOTT was born at Paisley in 1852, and was educated in the Grammar School at the same town.

In 1865 he went to India and commenced an apprenticeship of five years in the Calcutta Mint, and on its completion had charge of the general workshop.

In 1874 he became third-grade engineer in charge of the Die department, and three years later he was promoted to be second-grade engineer, having charge of the Fine-rolling and Cutting departments.

He next had the superintendence of the Automatic Weighing department, which post he held until 1887, when his services were temporarily applied for by the Opium department, Patna. In that capacity be officiated as superintendent of the opium chest department and engineer-in-charge of an extensive saw-mill.

In 1889 he returned to the Mint, and was appointed first-grade engineer in charge of the Stamping departments. He made numerous modifications and improvements in the several departments over which he had charge, and during 1885 and 1888 he erected engines, boilers, and vacuum pumps and presses for the Coining department.

Subsequently be became chief engineer of the Mint, which post he held for nearly ten years. On the eve of his retirement he contracted enteric fever, and his death took place in Calcutta, after an illness of ten days, on 19th February 1908, at the age of fifty-six.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1894.


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