Robert William Thomson (Inventor)

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Robert William Thomson

Birthplace: Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, UK
Death: Died in Canongate, Moray House (at 248)
Place of Burial: Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of John Thomson and Elspeth Thomson
Husband of Clara Thomson
Father of Elspeth Grahame; Courtauld Greenwood Courtauld-Thomson; Winifred Hope Thomson (Artist) and Harold Lyon Thomson
Brother of George Thomson; James Thomson; Alexander Thomson; Mary Thomson; Elspet Thomson and 2 others

Occupation: Inventor of Pheumatic Tyre, Fountain Pen, Floating Jetty etc. Stonehavens "Most Famous Son"
Managed by: Alison Liddell Muller (Griffiths)
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About Robert William Thomson (Inventor)

Biographical Summary

Thomson, Robert William. 29/06/1822-08/03/1873. Ref: 1500. Male.

  • Place of Birth: Stonehaven, Kincardineshire.
  • Place of Death: 3 Moray Place, Edinburgh.
  • Profession: Civil Engineer, Inventor.
  • References: DNB 53, 1898, 268-9; Scots Magazine 1885, 57; Proc Roy Soc Edinb, 8, 1872-5, 278-282; A Boyle, Scotland's Cultural Heritage 5, 1984.
  • Memberships: FRSSA (1863, President, 1869-71).
  • Date of Election: 21/12/1863.
  • Proposers: Charles Piazzi Smyth (Billet 20/4/1863, 7/12/1863).
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor 1867-9.
  • Notes: Invented the fountain pen (1849).
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 931

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Robert William Thomson (Inventor)'s Timeline

June 29, 1822
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, UK
January 3, 1862
Age 39
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
August 16, 1865
Age 43
March 8, 1873
Age 50
Canongate, Moray House (at 248)
Age 50
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK