Early Robotic Pioneers

Early Robotic Pioneers

A handful of inventors and mechanics who made some very early functioning "Robots" in the 1920s. Captain Alban Roberts who demonstrated his "Working Model Of The Kaiser" in 1920 and his later "Robot" in 1928. Captain W H Richards and A H Reffell who made "Eric the Robot" to open the Exhibition of the Society of Model Engineers in London in 1928 in place of the Duke of York. A recreation of "Eric" was funded through Kickstarter for the London Science Museum and is now part of their collections.

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  • Profile picture for Alban Joseph Roberts

    Born 1882

    Died 1950

    Royal Navy Lieutenant Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

    Royal Navy Probationary Flight Lieutenant Royal Naval Air Service

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Lieutenant (Honorary Captain) Royal Air Force

  • Profile picture for William Henry Richards

    Born 1868

    Died 1948

    British Army Temporary Lieutenant Leicestershire Regiment 10th Battalion

    British Army Temporary Lieutenant Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

    British Army Captain Sherwood Foresters

  • Profile picture for Alan Herbert Reffell

    Born 1893

    Died 1979

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) 759 Air Mechanic 1st Class Royal Flying Corps

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) 759 Corporal Royal Flying Corps

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) 759 Serjeant Royal Flying Corps