share
Robert Robinson Personal Life, Family, Virgo - 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐧 Biography
0.0 based on 0 votes
Gertrude Maud WalshStearn Sylvia Hillstrom
Sir Robert Robinson
University Of ManchesterUniversity of Manchester
University Of Manchester
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Male
William Bradbury Robinson
Jane Davenport
Virgo
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
88
Great Missenden
Show more

Who is Robert Robinson?

undefined - Robert RobinsonRobert Robinson

Sir Robert Robinson was a British scientist who received the Nobel Prize and Knighthood for his work on the structure and synthesis of natural elements which included plant pigments and alkaloids. He was an authority on chemistry, synthesis, electronic theory and other scientific subjects. He was able to synthesize many flavones and anthocyanins from his initial study of plant pigments. He focused his research on alkaloids and their complex structures which occurred naturally and had biological and chemical effects on all living things. His studies on the chemical reactions that occur in plants to form alkaloids helped him discover the structures of morphine and strychnine in 1925 and 1946 respectively. His research led to the synthesis of penicillin and many other drugs which are used to fight malaria. He was also one of the proponents of the theory of electrons in organic chemistry which was related to the structure of organic molecules. He helped in creating many new dyes which are used in the textile industry. He was an inventor as well and invented an automatic lint cutting machine in his younger days. He received an Order of Merit for his research work in the field of organic chemistry.

Show more

Robert Robinson Childhood & Early Life

Sir Robert Robinson was born on September 13, 1886 on the Rufford Farm near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. His father was William Bradbury Robinson and his mother was Jane Davenport who was the second wife of William.

His father had ten children from his first marriage while Robert was the eldest of the five children from his father’s second marriage.

He first attended a kindergarten school in a town in near Chesterfield.

After kindergarten he attended the ‘Chesterfield Grammar School’ as a weekly boarder where his interest in mathematics was first aroused.

When he was twelve-year-old, he attended the ‘Fulneck School’ near Leeds in West Yorkshire as a boarder.

In 1902 Robert was sent by his father to the ‘Manchester University’ to study chemistry as chemists were in great demand in the textile industry.

In 1905 he graduated at the top of his class (BSc) with honors in chemistry from ‘Manchester University’.

After graduation he joined Professor William H. Perkin’s organic chemistry.

He was able to earn his DSc degree from the ‘Victoria University of Manchester’ in 1910.

Robert Robinson Career

In 1912 Sir Robert Robinson travelled to Australia to fill the chair in the ‘Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry’ at the ‘University of Sydney’. Here he did research on the synthesis of various ‘catechol’ derivatives, on C-alkylations of enolates, and on ‘eudesmin’, a component of the oil derived from Australian Eucalyptus trees.

In 1914 he was invited by the ‘British Association for the Advancement of Science’ to visit them where he met famous British chemists such as H. E. Armstrong, Nevil V. Sidgwick and others.

At the age of twenty-nine he was appointed to the chair of Organic Chemistry in the University of Liverpool, UK, and was the youngest candidate. He and his wife returned to England while the First World War was going on and resumed his duties at the university in January 1916.

Soon like all other chemists he was asked to contribute to the war effort and help in the manufacture of picric acid, TNT, Tropinone, morphine and odeine.

In 1917 he joined ‘Advisory Board’ with other famous chemists to develop natural resources where he developed a new method for producing synthetic ‘octanol’.

Once he was asked by the Liverpool Harbor authorities to help them put out a fire caused by burning oil. Instead of taking a personal fee he asked the authorities to donate the money to the university library.

In 1920 he resigned from the chair at the University of Liverpool and became the Director of Research for the ‘British Dyestuffs Corporation’.

In 1921 he decided to return to his academic life and applied for the just vacated chair at St. Andrews in Scotland and was selected.

The chair for the professorship of organic chemistry at the University of Manchester fell vacant in 1922 and he left St. Andrews after one year to fill this chair.

He collaborated with many young researchers there and worked on pigments which were derived from plants.

From 1925 he started working with his wife Gertrude on the process of synthesizing fatty acids.

In 1928 he accepted professor’s post at the University of London.

In 1930 he was appointed to the ‘Waynflete Professor’ of chemistry of the Oxford University and held the post till 1955.

In 1947 he was sent as the UK delegate to the UNESCO conference and was asked to present the presidential address to the Royal Society the same year.

In 1955 he was appointed as the ‘Emeritus Professor and Honorary Fellow’ of the ‘Magdalen College’.

He was a Director of the ‘Shell Chemical Company’ from 1955.

Robert Robinson Awards & Achievements

He was elected as a ‘Fellow of the Royal Society’ in 1920.

In 1921 he became a member of the council in the ‘Chemical Society’.

He received his knighthood in 1939.

The Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to him in 1947 for his research on alkaloids.

He received an Order of Merit in 1949.

Robert Robinson Personal Life & Legacy

He married Gertrude Maud Walsh, a fellow student in Manchester, on August 7, 1912.

His first daughter was born in 1914 but died after one day. Their second daughter Marion was born in 1921 and a son later.

He married Stearn Sylvia Hillstrom in 1957 after Gertrude’s death in 1954.

Sir Robert Robinson died on February 8, 1975 in London, United Kingdom.

Robert Robinson Trivia

Sir Robert Robinson was an enthusiastic chess player and a mountaineer at heart. He had climbed many mountains in Europe and New Zealand.

Show more

Robert Robinson awards

  • Other

    • Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1947)
    • Franklin Medal (1947)
    • Albert Medal (1947)
    • Davy Medal (1930)
    • Royal Medal (1932)
    • Copley Medal (1942)
Show more

Robert Robinson biography timelines

  • Sir Robert Robinson was born on September 13, 1886 on the Rufford Farm near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. His father was William Bradbury Robinson and his mother was Jane Davenport who was the second wife of William.
    13th Sep 1886
  • In 1902 Robert was sent by his father to the ‘Manchester University’ to study chemistry as chemists were in great demand in the textile industry.
    1902
  • In 1905 he graduated at the top of his class (BSc) with honors in chemistry from ‘Manchester University’.
    1905
  • He was able to earn his DSc degree from the ‘Victoria University of Manchester’ in 1910.
    1910
  • In 1912 Sir Robert Robinson travelled to Australia to fill the chair in the ‘Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry’ at the ‘University of Sydney’. Here he did research on the synthesis of various ‘catechol’ derivatives, on C-alkylations of enolates, and on ‘eudesmin’, a component of the oil derived from Australian Eucalyptus trees.
    1912
  • He married Gertrude Maud Walsh, a fellow student in Manchester, on August 7, 1912.
    7th Aug 1912
  • In 1914 he was invited by the ‘British Association for the Advancement of Science’ to visit them where he met famous British chemists such as H. E. Armstrong, Nevil V. Sidgwick and others.
    1914
  • His first daughter was born in 1914 but died after one day. Their second daughter Marion was born in 1921 and a son later.
    1914 To 1921
  • At the age of twenty-nine he was appointed to the chair of Organic Chemistry in the University of Liverpool, UK, and was the youngest candidate. He and his wife returned to England while the First World War was going on and resumed his duties at the university in January 1916.
    Jan 1916
  • In 1917 he joined ‘Advisory Board’ with other famous chemists to develop natural resources where he developed a new method for producing synthetic ‘octanol’.
    1917
  • In 1920 he resigned from the chair at the University of Liverpool and became the Director of Research for the ‘British Dyestuffs Corporation’.
    1920
  • He was elected as a ‘Fellow of the Royal Society’ in 1920.
    1920
  • In 1921 he decided to return to his academic life and applied for the just vacated chair at St. Andrews in Scotland and was selected.
    1921
  • In 1921 he became a member of the council in the ‘Chemical Society’.
    1921
  • The chair for the professorship of organic chemistry at the University of Manchester fell vacant in 1922 and he left St. Andrews after one year to fill this chair.
    1922
  • From 1925 he started working with his wife Gertrude on the process of synthesizing fatty acids.
    1925
  • In 1928 he accepted professor’s post at the University of London.
    1928
  • In 1930 he was appointed to the ‘Waynflete Professor’ of chemistry of the Oxford University and held the post till 1955.
    1930 To 1955
  • He received his knighthood in 1939.
    1939
  • In 1947 he was sent as the UK delegate to the UNESCO conference and was asked to present the presidential address to the Royal Society the same year.
    1947
  • The Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to him in 1947 for his research on alkaloids.
    1947
  • He received an Order of Merit in 1949.
    1949
  • He married Stearn Sylvia Hillstrom in 1957 after Gertrude’s death in 1954.
    1954 To 1957
  • In 1955 he was appointed as the ‘Emeritus Professor and Honorary Fellow’ of the ‘Magdalen College’.
    1955
  • He was a Director of the ‘Shell Chemical Company’ from 1955.
    1955
  • Sir Robert Robinson died on February 8, 1975 in London, United Kingdom.
    8th Feb 1975
Show more

Frequently asked questions about Robert Robinson

  • What is Robert Robinson birthday?

    Robert Robinson was born at September 13, 1886

  • Where is Robert Robinson's birth place?

    Robert Robinson was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England

  • What is Robert Robinson nationalities?

    Robert Robinson's nationalities is British

  • Who is Robert Robinson spouses?

    Robert Robinson's spouses is Gertrude Maud Walsh, Stearn Sylvia Hillstrom

  • What was Robert Robinson universities?

    Robert Robinson studied at University Of Manchester, University of Manchester university

  • What was Robert Robinson notable alumnis?

    Robert Robinson's notable alumnis is University Of Manchester

  • Who is Robert Robinson's father?

    Robert Robinson's father is William Bradbury Robinson

  • Who is Robert Robinson's mother?

    Robert Robinson's mother is Jane Davenport

  • What is Robert Robinson's sun sign?

    Robert Robinson is Virgo

  • When was Robert Robinson died?

    Robert Robinson was died at February 8, 1975

  • Where was Robert Robinson died?

    Robert Robinson was died in Great Missenden

  • Which age was Robert Robinson died?

    Robert Robinson was died at age 88