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Authorised form of nameRobertson; Sir; Robert (1869 - 1949)
Dates1869 - 1949
NationalityBritish
Place of birthCupar, Fife, Scotland
Date of birth17 April 1869
Place of deathLondon
Date of death28/04/1949
ActivityEducation:
MA; DSc (St Andrews)
Honours:
KBE 1918
Memberships:
FIC; FCS
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election03/05/1917
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Davy Medal 1944
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 1948-1949 vol 6 pp 539-561, plate, by R C Farmer
References:
R Singh and F Riess, 'The nobel laureate Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman FRS and his contacts with the British Scientific community in a social and political context' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 47-64
Royal Society codeNA7834
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/003851Robertson, Sir Robertnd
IM/GA/WS/1152Robertson, Sir Robertnd
RR/33/61Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'On detonation in gaseous mixtures at high initial pressures and temperatures' by A Egerton and S F Gates3 December 1926
MDA/A/22/32Copy letter from Ronald Winckworth [Assistant Secretary of Royal Society] to Robert Robertson10 September 1937
MDA/A/22/35Letter from Robert Robertson to John Griffith Davies, 51 Bedford Court Mansions, W.C.1. with draft address to the Societe de Chimie Industrielle11 September 1937
RR/17/84Referee's report by William Crookes, on a paper 'Constants of explosion of cordite and of modified cordite' by Robert Robertson24 March 1906
EC/1917/12Robertson, Sir Robert: certificate of election to the Royal Society
RR/33/64Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The function...gel. Part II' by H A Fells and J B Firth1926
RR/37/12Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'On bromine chloride' by S Barratt and C P SteinDecember 1928
RR/33/65Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The phenomena arising from the addition of hydrogen peroxide to the sol of silicic acid' by H A Fells and J B FirthDecember 1926
RR/33/62Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'On detonation of gaseous mixtures of acetylene and of pentance' by A Egerton and S F Gates3 December 1926
RR/37/88Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Studies on fluorescence and photosensitization in aqueous solution. II.?Fluorescence in aqueous solution' by Eric Jette and William West1928
RR/35/67Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Further experiments on explosions in gaseous mixtures of acetylene, of hydrogen and of pentane' by Alfred Charles Glyn Egerton and S F GatesSeptember 1927
RR/37/147Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Studies on fluorescence and photosensitization in aqueous solution. I. Introduction' by William West, Ralph Holcolme Muller and Eric Jette1928
RR/37/121Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Photoionization and fluorescence' by R H Muller1928
RR/40/94Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on an unnamed paper by C P Snow and Eric Keightley RidealJuly 1929
RR/37/91Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Photographic study of detonation in solid explosives. Part I.—The development of a photographic method for measuring rates of detonation' by Elwyn JonesJune 1928
RR/38/51Second referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The absorption of light by chlorine, bromine and their gaseous mixtures' by L T M Gray and D W G Style4 January 1930
RR/41/28Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The slow combustion of ethane' by William Arthur Bone and S Gerald Hill1930
RR/44/104Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Isotherms of hydrogen, carbon monoxide and their mixtures' by D T A Townend and L A BhattOctober 1931
RR/41/91Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The kinetics of the oxidation of gaseous benzene' by R Fort and Cyril Norman HinshelwoodFebruary 1930
RR/40/75Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Infra-red investigations of molecular structure.-Part I. Apparatus and technique' by Eric Keightley Rideal, C P Snow and A M TaylorApril 1929
RR/40/110Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The influence of nitrogen peroxide on the combination of hydrogen and oxygen' by Harold Warris Thompson and Cyril Norman HinshelwoodMarch 1929
RR/40/92Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Infra-red investigations of molecular structure. Part II.—The molecule of nitric oxide' by C P Snow, F I G Rawlins and Eric Keightley RidealApril 1929
RR/41/12Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on two papers 'Investigations in the infra-red region of the spectrum. Part I.—Introductory and experimental' and 'Investigations in the infra-red region of the spectrum. Part II.—The absorption spectrum of sulphur dioxide' by C R Bailey, A B D Cassie and William Rogie AngusOctober 1930
RR/41/26Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Explosions of mixtures of acetylene and electrolytic gas' by William Arthur Bone, R P Fraser, and F LakeJanuary 1931
RR/41/47Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Metabolic changes associated with pigmentary effector activity and pituitary removal in Xenopus laevis—II. Calcium and magnesium content of the serum' by Enid CharlesDecember 1930
RR/42/53Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Infra-red investigations of molecular structure. Part V.—The simplest kind of polyatomic molecule' by C P Snow20 April 1930
RR/37/32Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The absorption spectra of solutions of cobalt chloride, cobalt bromide, and cobalt iodide in concentrated hydrochloric, hydrobromic, and hydriodic acids' by Wallace A Brode and Richard Alan Morton12 April 1928
RR/43/49Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The kinetics of the oxidation of cyanogen' by H J Hadow and Cyril Norman HinshelwoodMay 1931
RR/45/33Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The combustion of colloidal propellants' by A D Crow and W E Grimshaw[October 1931]
RR/44/29Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Investigations in the infra-red region of the spectrum. Part VIII.—The application of the grating spectrometer to certain bands in the spectra of triatomic molecules (Sulphur dioxide, and carbon disulphide)' by C R Bailey and A B D CassieJanuary 1933
RR/43/27Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The effect of frequency on the condensed discharge ignition of carbonic oxide-air detonating gas' by George Ingle Finch and H H Thompson1931
RR/65/17Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The molecular structures of carbon and silicon tetrafluorides' by C R Bailey, J B Hale and J W Thompson1938
RR/44/27Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Investigations in the infra-red region of the spectrum. Part V.— The absorption spectrum of carbonyl sulphide' by C R Bailey and A B D CassieDecember 1931
RR/50/116Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Corrosion and co-ordination' by H L RileySeptember 1933
RR/44/28Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Investigations in the infra-red region of the spectrum. Part VI.—The absorption spectra of the dioxides of chlorine and sulphur' by C R Bailey and A B D CassieJune 1932
NLB/60/521Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, FRS17 February 1921
RR/44/48Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Photographic investigation of flame movements in gaseous explosions. Parts IV, V and VI' by William Arthur Bone and Reginald P Fraser1 July 1931
RR/44/49Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Photographic investigation of flame movements in gaseous explosions. Parts IV, V and VI' by William Arthur Bone and Reginald P Fraser31 July 1931
RR/45/53Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Investigations in the infra-red region of the spectrum. Part VII.—An infra-red grating spectrometer as a double monochomator' by A B D Cassie and C R Bailey[August 1932]
NLB/70/65Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, KBE, FRS13 December 1926
RR/45/109Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The rate of burning of colloidal propellants' by F R W Hunt and G H Hinds[August 1932]
RR/47/120Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The mechanism of the initiation and propagation of detonation in solid explosives' by Wilfrid Taylor and Alfred Weale13 June 1932
RR/50/120Referee's report by William Jackson Pope, on a paper 'Two types of diamond' by Robert Robertson, John Jacob Fox and A E MartinOctober 1933
RR/49/4Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Investigations in the infra-red region of the spectrum. Part IX.—The absorption spectrum of chlorine monoxide (Cl2O)' by C R Bailey and A B D Cassie[June 1933]
RR/52/16Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Refractive dispersion of organic compounds. V-Oxygenated derivatives of cyclohexane the inadequacy of the Ketteler-Helmholtz equation' by C B AllsoppApril 1934
RR/51/91Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Experiments on the raman effect at very low temperatures' by Gordon Brims Black Mcivor Sutherland[April 1933]
RR/50/121Referee's report by Lennard-Jones, on a paper 'Two types of diamond' by Robert Robertson, John Jacob Fox and A E MartinDecember 1933
RR/51/90Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The infra-red absorption spectrum of nitrogen tetroxide and the structure of the molecule' by Gordon Brims Black Mcivor Sutherland13 March 1933
RR/55/114Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Pro-knocks and hydrocarbon combustion' by J W Drinkwater, Alfred Rene Jean Paul Ubbelohde and Alfred Charles Glyn EgertonSeptember 1935
RR/52/26Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Investigations in the infra-red region of the spectrum. Part X.?The asymmetrical molecule nitrosyl chloride, NOCl' by C R Bailey and A B D Cassie3 February 1934
RR/51/138Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The solvation of nitrocellulose in acetone-water mixtures' by G L Wilson and F D Miles12 January 1934
RR/55/52Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The “continuing” metabolism of nitrogen in animals' by H Borsook and G L KeighleyJuly 1935
RR/65/142Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'A new coriolis perturbation in the methane spectrum. I. Vibrational-rotational Hamiltonian and wave functions' by H A JahnJune 1938
RR/52/116Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Estimation of the combustion products from the cyliner of the petrol engine III' by Alfred Rene Jean Paul Ubbelohde and Alfred Charles Glyn EgertonOctober 1934
RR/60/46Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The optically active spiro-5:5-Dihydantoins' by William Jackson Pope and James Bell WhiteworthJanuary 1936
RR/53/19Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Investigations in the infra-red region of the spectrum - XI—The absorption spectrum and molecular structure of boron trichloride, and the effect of strain on plane groups of the type XY3' by A B D Cassie28 July 1934
RR/53/56Second referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Estimation of the combustion products from the cylinder of the petrol engine and its relation to "knock"' by Alfred Charles Glyn Egerton, F Ll Smith and Alfred Rene Jean Paul Ubbelohde[October 1934]
RR/54/129Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The structure of the molecule of nitrogen dioxide from a study of its infra-red absorption spectrum' by Gordon Brims Black Mcivor Sutherland3 February 1934
RR/66/10Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The infra-red absorption spectrum of methylamine vapour' by C R Bailey, S C Carson and E F Daly[1939]
RR/53/110Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Absorption bands of HCN in the photographic infra-red' by Gerhard Herzberg and J W T Spinks3 August 1934
RR/55/84Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Extreme infra-red dispersion of polar and non-polar liquids' by C H Cartwright and J ErreraNovember 1935
RR/55/48Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'A photographic investigation of flame movements in gaseous explosions VII—The phenomenon of spin in detonation' by William Arthur Bone, Reginald P Fraser and William H WheelerFebruary 1935
RR/55/116Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The infra-red absorption spectra of quartz and fused Silica from 1 to 7·5 µ II-Experimental results' by D G DrummondJuly 1935
RR/55/115Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The infra-red absorption spectra of quartz and fused Silica from 1 to 7·5 µ I-Experimental method' by D G Drummond30 July 1935
RR/57/99Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Spectrographic studies of the explosive combustion of methane' by James Bell[September 1936]
RR/58/92Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Photochemical reactions in the fluorite region I—Photochemical decomposition of ethylene' by R D McDonald and Ronald George Wreyford NorrishSeptember 1936
RR/58/53Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The electronic structure of some polyenes and aromatic molecules I–The nature of the links by the method of molecular orbitals' by John Edward Lennard-JonesSeptember 1936
RR/60/65Referee's report by William Jackson Pope, on a paper 'Further work on two types of diamond' by Robert Robertson, John Jacob Fox and A E
Martin
2 October 1936
RR/62/101Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Optical and physical effects of high explosives' by Robert Williams Wood[July 1936]
RR/62/59Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The influence of pressure on the spontaneous ignition and limits of inflammability of ether-air mixtures' by Donald T A Townend and E A C Chamberlain[September 1936]
RR/65/143Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'A new coriolis perturbation in the methane spectrum. II. Energy levels' by H A JahnJuly 1938
RR/63/8Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The absorption spectra of the monosulphides of alkaline earth elements and their latent heats of vaporization' by L S Mathur15 May 1937
RR/63/33Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Photochemical reactions in the fluorite region II-Photochemical decomposition of formaldehyde vapour' by Ronald George Wreyford Norrish and W Albert NoyesSeptember 1937
RR/66/56Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Infra-red analysis applied to the exchange reaction between ethylene and deuteroethylene' by G K T Conn and G H Twigg[February 1939]
RR/65/132Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The effect of X-rays on the glucose and hexose-phosphate glycolysis of tumour tissue' by Barbara Elizabeth Holmes22 January 1939
RR/64/107Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Refractive dispersion of organic compounds IX—Optical exaltation in unsaturated hydrocarbons containing conjugated double bonds' by Thomas Martin Lowry and C B Allsopp[September 1937]
RR/65/157Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The accurate analysis of gaseous mixtures' by B Lambert and D J BorgarsJune 1938
RR/66/316Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The exchange reaction between ethylene and deuterium on a nickel catalyst' by G H Twigg and Eric Keightley Rideal[February 1939]
RR/29/44Referee's report by Joseph Ernest Petavel, on a paper 'Calorimetry of high explosives' by Robert Robertson and William Edward GarnerMay 1923
NLB/64/625Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to [Robert John Strutt] Lord Rayleigh, FRS16 May 1923
NLB/69/467Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, K.B.E., FRS26 April 1926
NLB/65/800Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, FRS4 January 1924
NLB/66/792Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir James Walker, FRS10 July 1924
NLB/66/401Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. [Arthur Pillans] Laurie, Principle of Heriot Watt College, Edinburgh2 May 1924
NLB/67/347Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, KBE, FRS8 December 1924
NLB/66/778Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, FRS7 July 1924
NLB/67/926Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Ernest Rutherford, OM, FRS8 April 1925
NLB/66/422Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; [Robert John Strutt] Lord Rayleigh, FRS6 May 1924
NLB/69/431Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, K.B.E, FRS13 April 1926
NLB/70/774Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, KBE, FRS3 August 1927
NLB/70/598Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, KBE, FRS31 May 1927
NLB/70/767Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, KBE, FRS29 July 1927
NLB/72/63Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, KBE, FRS8 February 1929
NLB/72/892Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, KBE, FRS18 June 1930
NLB/70/72Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Robert Robertson, FRS16 December 1926
RR/17/83Referee's report by Charles Vernon Boys, on a paper 'Constants of explosion of cordite and of modified cordite' by Robert Robertson[March 1906]
RR/38/50Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The absorption of light by chlorine, bromine and their gaseous mixtures' by L T M Gray and D W G Style20 November 1929
RR/56/91Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Effect of change of temperature on the constitution of water in solutions of electrolytes' by C S Siva Rao14 August 1935
RR/50/28Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The kinetics of the reaction between hydrogen and sulphur' by Ernest E Aynsley, T G Pearson and Percy L Robinson8 March 1934
NLB/65/722Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society12 December 1923
NLB/60New Letter Book volume 60, copy letters sent from Royal Society administration2 December 1920-26 April 1921
NLB/68/746Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to [William Cecil Dampier] Wetham Esq., FRS; also circulated to Sir James [Colquhoun] Irvine; Sir Thomas Lewis; Professor [John Charles Grant] Ledingham; Professor [James Peter] Hill; Professor [Edmund Johnston] Garwood; Professor [Frederick Alexander] Lindemann; [John Edensor] Littlewood Esq.; Sir [Robert] Robertson29 October 1925
RR/43/96Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Optical rotatory power of vapours. part I.— Rotatory dispersion of camphor and of camphorquinone, especially in the region of absorption' by Thomas Martin Lowry and H K GoreNovember 1931
RR/45/23Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on two papers 'Investigations in the infra-red region of the spectrum. Part III.—The absorption spectrum of carbon disulphide' and 'Investigations in the infra-red region of the spectrum. Part IV. -The monochromator method in the infra-red' by C R Bailey and A B D Cassie[March 1931]
RR/50/119Referee's report by William Lawrence Bragg, on a paper 'Two types of diamond' by Robert Robertson, John Jacob Fox and A E
Martin
September 1933
RR/53/55Third referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Estimation of the combustion products from the cylinder of the petrol engine and its relation to "knock"' by Alfred Charles Glyn Egerton, F Ll Smith and Alfred Rene Jean Paul Ubbelohde4 February 1935
RR/45/67Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'The condensation of chloral and bromal with substituted ureas' by Frederick Daniel Chattaway and Eric John Francis James[December 1932]
RR/53/51Referee's report by Robert Robertson, on a paper 'Estimation of the combustion products from the cylinder of the petrol engine and its relation to "knock"' by Alfred Charles Glyn Egerton, F Ll Smith and Alfred Rene Jean Paul Ubbelohde9 October 1934
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