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Robert Robertson - Chemist

Sir Robert Robertson was born in 1869 in Cupar. He was an explosives expert and government Chemist and was educated at Bell Baxter School, Cupar, and St Andrews
University, where he graduated in both Arts and Science.

His first appointment was that of assistant in the laboratory of the city analyst in Glasgow obtaining the post of analyst in the Royal Gunpowder Factory at Waltham Abbey. His work as Director of Explosives Research during the First World War was recognised by the award of the KBE and in 1917 his election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.

In 1921 he was appointed Chief Government Chemist, a post from which he retired in 1936. He spent his retirement in laboratory work on the structure of the diamond until he was called to war work during the Second World War.

Sir Robert was awarded an LLD from St. Andrews University in 1923. He died in 1949 at the age of 80.

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