Robert Davidson

Inventor

1804 – 1894

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Who was Robert Davidson?

Robert Davidson was a Scottish inventor who built the first known electric locomotive in 1837. He was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen, northeast Scotland, where he was a prosperous chemist and dyer, amongst other ventures. Davidson was educated at Marischal College, where he studied for one year on a scholarship - he had an education in return for being a lab assistant. He became interested in the new electrical technologies of the day. From 1837, he made small electric motors on his own principles, though William H. Taylor in the US made similar motors from 1838. Both men worked independently without knowledge of the other's work.

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Born
Apr 18, 1804
Aberdeen
Ethnicity
  • Scottish people
Nationality
  • Scotland
Education
  • Marischal College
Died
1894
Aberdeen

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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