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ROBINSON, Stillman Williams, civil engineer, born in South Reading, Vermont, 6 March, 1838. He studied at schools in Vermont, and was graduated as a civil engineer at the University of Michigan in 1863. Entering the service of the United States lake survey, he continued so engaged until 1866, when he was appointed instructor of civil engineering at the University of Michigan. In 1870-'8 he held the chair of mathematics in Illinois industrial university, and he was then appointed professor of physics and mechanical engineering in Ohio state university, which place he now (1888) holds. Among his important inventions are the Robinson photograph-trimmer; the Templet odontograph; a wire grip fastening machine; a boot and shoe nailing machine; and iron piling and substructure machinery--most of which are in active operation under the control of specially organized corporations. Professor Robinson is a fellow of the American association for the advancement of science, and a member of the American society of civil engineers, and of the American society of mechanical engineers. In addition to chapters in railway reports, and numerous scientific papers in periodicals and transactions, he has published "A Practical Treatise on the Teeth of Wheels" (New York, 1876); " Railroad Economies, or Notes with Comments" (1882); and "Strength of Wrought-Iron Bridge Members" (1882).
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