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Robert Morton Atkinson

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Robert Morton Atkinson (c1890-1960) of Vickers and Sulzer Brothers

Managing Director, Sulzer Bros. (London) Ltd., London; Managing Director, Hathorn, Davey and Co. Ltd., Leeds.


  • 1912-16 Assistant Manager, Drop Forge, Vickers Ltd.
  • 1916-18 Director Forgings and Castings, M. of M.;
  • 1918 Director Materials and Supply (Rolls-Royce Engine Branch), Air Min.;
  • 1919-24 Deputy Manager, Railway Department, Vickers-Armstrong Ltd.;
  • 1924-37 Vickers Ltd. (Overseas Sales Policy);

Director, Vickers & Metropolitan Carriage (South Africa) Ltd., Johannesburg; British Separators Ltd., York; and Special Director, Cooke, Troughton & Simms Ltd., York.

1960 Obituary [2]

We regret to have to record the death of Mr. R. M. Atkinson, which occurred on November 12 in his seventy-first year.

Robert Morton Atkinson was educated at Oundle School and Sheffield University, after which he became an engineering pupil with Vickers, Ltd.

From 1912 to 1916 he was assistant manager at the drop forge of Vickers Ltd., being then seconded to the Ministry of Munitions as Director of Forgings and Castings and later to the Air Ministry as Director of Materials and Supply (Rolls-Royce Engine Branch).

From 1919 to 1924 he was deputy manager of the Railways Department of Vickers-Armstrongs, Ltd., after which he undertook extensive travelling for Vickers, Ltd., and associated companies, in connection with overseas sales policy.

After some thirty years with the Vickers Organisation, he left them in 1938 to join the Sulzer Organisation as managing director of Sulzer Brothers (London), Ltd., which position he held until his appointment as chairman of the Company in June this year.

In 1952 he joined the Board of Richardsons, Westgarth and Co., Ltd., and their subsidiary company, George Clark (Sunderland), Ltd., which appointments he retained until his death.

Robert Atkinson was a man of many parts. In addition to his membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Marine Engineers, and other professional bodies, he maintained a keen interest in the affairs of Oundle School and served on the School Memorial Trust.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1939 Who's Who In Engineering: Name A
  2. The Engineer 1960/11/25