Harold Roper Robinson
Harold Roper Robinson FRS (26 Nov 1889–28 Nov 1955) was a physicist and, in later life, an outstanding figure in university administration. Robinson was born in Ulverston, Lancashire on 26 November 1889, the eldest of four brothers and one sister. In 1908 he went to Manchester University on a scholarship. Between 1908 and 1921, he was successively undergraduate, research student, Assistant Lecturer and Demonstrator, Senior Assistant Lecturer in Physics and Assistant Director of the Physical Laboratory at Manchester. He was commissioned into the Royal Field artillery serving in France from 28 August 1915 where he rose to the rank of Captain and acted as adjutant to the 1st Field Survey Battalion. After the war he worked with Rutherford at Cambridge, being elected to fellowship of the Royal Society in 1929.