Thomas Robins Jr.
|Born||September 1, 1868|
West Point, New York, U.S.
|Died||November 4, 1957 89) (aged|
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Known for||Conveyor belt|
|Spouse(s)||Winifred Hamilton Tucker|
|Parent(s)||Thomas Robins, Sr.|
Thomas Robins Jr. (September 1, 1868 – November 4, 1957) was an American inventor and manufacturer.
He was born on September 1, 1868, in West Point, New York to Thomas Robins Sr. He attended Princeton University.
In 1891, Robins began work on a conveyor belt for carrying coal and ore for Thomas Edison and his Edison Ore-Milling Company in Ogdensburg, New Jersey.His conveyor belt received the grand prize at the Paris Exposition in 1900, and first prizes at the Pan-American Exposition and Saint Louis Exposition.
Based on his invention, Robins started the Robins Conveying Belt Company and of the Robins New Conveyor Company (now ThyssenKrupp Robins).In 1915 he was appointed to the Naval Consulting Board.
On April 26, 1894, Robins married Winifred Hamilton Tucker (1868–1952)in Boston, Massachusetts. They lived together at 40 East 66th Street in New York City and had a home in Stamford, Connecticut, called Saddle Rock House designed by prominent New York City architects, Hunt and Hunt. Together with his wife, he had:
He died on November 4, 1957, at the Nestledown Convalescent Home in Stamford, Connecticut, aged 89.
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