Robert Waley-Cohen (1877 - 1952) MP

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Birthplace: 3 Devonshire-place, Portland Place, Marylebone, London, England
Death: Died
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About Robert Waley-Cohen

Sir Robert Waley Cohen, KBE (8 September 1877 - 27 November 1952) was a British industrialist and prominent leader of Anglo-Jewry.

He came from a prominent Jewish family, being the grandson of Jacob Waley and a cousin of Arthur Waley. (His son was Sir Bernard Waley-Cohen.) He was educated at Clifton College and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

He joined the Shell Company, 1901 and negotiated its merger with the Royal Dutch Oil Company, 1906. He was a director of the merged company and chief assistant to its managing director. He was the petroleum adviser to the Army Council during World War I, for which he received a KBE, 1920. He retired from Shell in 1928 but became chairman of the African and Eastern Company in 1929. He negotiated a merger with the Niger Company into the United Africa Company, 1929; resigned 1931.

Although he was generally opposed to Zionism, he was the main creator of the Palestine Corporation (a conglomerate with various diverse business interests. He was Vice-Chairman of University College, London and President of the United Synagogue.


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Sir Robert Waley-Cohen's Timeline

September 8, 1877
3 Devonshire-place, Portland Place, Marylebone, London, England
January 9, 1904
Age 26
May 29, 1914
Age 36
May 30, 1914
Age 36
November 27, 1952
Age 75