Robert Davidson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Robert Davidson was born in Scotland back in 1804. He was educated at Marischal College where he worked as a lab assistant to help pay for his tuition. By 1820, he set up a business selling chemicals. He was also involved in the manufacture of them.

Sometime in the 1830’s, he became interested in electrical technologies. In 1837, he started making small electric motors. In 1840, he attended an exhibition at Aberdeen, Scotland. Among the exhibits were an electrically driven lathe, a printing press and an electromagnet capable of lifting 2 tons. In 1843, he settled down to family life and for the next fifty years, he ran his business on Canal Road. He also invented a method for the production of large-scale yeast and the manufacture of perfumes.   He has been described as a forgotten hero and electrical visionary. He died in 1894, he was 90.

What you may not know about Robert is that he was the first known inventor of the electric locomotive powered by zinc-acid batteries. The locomotive moved at an astonishing speed of 4 mph.

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

There are so many unsung heroes in life - and I love that you celebrate them for us every day! 

Sep 04, 2019 04:04 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And one would have to trot to keep ahead of his train!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 04, 2019 04:40 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. There is no limit to the creative mind. Thanks, who knew about Robert until you shared? Enjoy your day.

Sep 04, 2019 05:21 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Wow, James! A whole 4 miles per hour! Of course, we all have to start somewhere!

Sep 04, 2019 05:51 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - the "wheels" of innovation is certainly illustrated in this example.  

Sep 04, 2019 06:05 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well I think our hurricane was about that fast.

Sep 04, 2019 06:07 AM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray it seems that Robert Davidson had his fingers in many things... 

Sep 04, 2019 06:40 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a terrific read this morning. fascinating stuff today.

Sep 04, 2019 07:41 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You said it, 4 miles per hour is an astonishing speed.  Happy Wednesday.  A

Sep 04, 2019 10:57 AM #9
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Wow, it's hard to realize how life has changed so much. "The locomotive moved at an astonishing speed of 4 mph."

Sep 04, 2019 12:37 PM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - that must have been a large bank of zinc acid batteries to have the amperage to move that weight.

Sep 04, 2019 01:56 PM #11
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wellllll...4 mph had to take a while to get anywhere...the thought process for power was certainly amazing.

Sep 04, 2019 06:38 PM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

Robert took his knowledge of chemicals to create that zinc battery. Something that is still used today. 

Sep 04, 2019 07:02 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Batteries have always intrigued me I have a lot of respect for what salt water can do when the 2 come in contact James Dray 

Sep 04, 2019 07:49 PM #14
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This remonds me of Hurrican Dorian that was moving at 1 to 4 mph.

Sep 05, 2019 07:06 AM #15
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Amazing that many of the things we take for granted were introduced so long ago.

Sep 07, 2019 04:09 AM #16
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