Robert Hugh Stannus Robertson, the son of Sir Robert Robertson, one-time Government Chemist and Lady Robertson, was born on 17 June 1911 in Greenwich; he died on 7 July 1999 in Perth. He was educated at Rugby School where he read classics, briefly attended the University of Frankfurt-am-Main in 1928, and then gained an MA in geology, mineralogy and chemistry at Cambridge. After graduating, he spent several months mapping Dicksonland in Spitsbergen, and has a glacier, Robertsonbreen, named after him.
In 1933 he was appointed chief chemist to the Fuller’s Earth Union Ltd in Surrey, where he spent nine very successful years. He devoted all his working life to applying science to industry and specialised in the creation of new processes and new industries.
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