Robert Francis Pitcairn

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Commander Robert Francis Pitcairn, (29 December, 1880 – 7 August, 1949) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Pitcairn was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1902. While a Lieutenant, he invented something having to do with torpedo gyroscopes, but he is perhaps more easily known by his invention of what was called Pitcairn's Director, a type of Torpedo Director that was not adopted for service.

Pitcairn was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 July, 1910.

Pitcairn completed his last appointment, as torpedo officer in Euryalus when he opted to retire dated 1 August, 1911. He worked at experimental duties during the war.

In recognition of his wartime service, Pitcairn was promoted to the rank of Commander (retired) dated 11 November, 1918.

World War II

Served at the Portsmouth Signal School.

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Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Vernon S. Rashleigh
Captain of H.M. T.B. 52
16 Jul, 1901
Succeeded by
Edward O. B. S. Osborne