W. Heath Robinson
(1872-1944)

Died aged c. 72

William Heath Robinson (31 May 1872 – 13 September 1944) was an English cartoonist and illustrator best known for drawings of ridiculously complicated machines for achieving simple objectives. In the U.K., the term "Heath Robinson" entered the language during the 1914–1918 First World War as a description of any unnecessarily complex and implausible contrivance, much as "Rube Goldberg machines" came to be used in the U.S. from the 1920s onwards as a term for similar efforts. "Heath Robinson contraption" is perhaps more often used in relation to temporary fixes using ingenuity and whatever is to hand, often string and tape, or unlikely cannibalisations. Its continuing popularity was undoubtedly linked to Second World War Britain's shortages and the need to "make do and mend".

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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W. Heath Robinson 1872-1944 illustrator and comic artist lived here 1913-1918

75 Moss Lane, Pinner, Harrow, London, United Kingdom where they lived

William Heath Robinson 1872-1944 Artist, illustrator and cartoonist known as the ‘Gadget King’ lived here

25 Southwood Avenue, Highgate, London, United Kingdom where they lived