Thomas Robins (inventor)

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Thomas Robins Jr.
Thomas Robins, Jr. in 1915.jpg
Robins in 1915
Born(1868-09-01)September 1, 1868
DiedNovember 4, 1957(1957-11-04) (aged 89)
Education Princeton University
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. [1]



He was born on September 1, 1868, in West Point, New York to Thomas Robins Sr. He attended Princeton University. [2]


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. [3] 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. [2]

Based on his invention, Robins started the Robins Conveying Belt Company and of the Robins New Conveyor Company (now ThyssenKrupp Robins). [3] In 1915 he was appointed to the Naval Consulting Board. [2]

Personal life

On April 26, 1894, Robins married Winifred Hamilton Tucker (1868–1952) [4] 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. [5] Together with his wife, he had:

He died on November 4, 1957, at the Nestledown Convalescent Home in Stamford, Connecticut, aged 89. [1]

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