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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  • 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". (en)
  • William Heath Robinson (* 31. Mai 1872 in London; † 13. September 1944 ebenda) war ein britischer Karikaturist, Illustrator, Schriftsteller und Bühnenbildner. Bekannt wurde er durch seine komischen Zeichnungen von Maschinen, deren Kompliziertheit in keinem Verhältnis zu ihrem banalen Nutzen steht. Außerdem gilt Robinson als einer der bedeutendsten Buch-Illustratoren des Art Nouveau. (de)
  • William Heath Robinson (31 mai 1872 — 13 septembre 1944) est un illustrateur britannique. Il est resté célèbre pour ses dessins de machineries d'une complexité absurde. L'expression « Heath Robinson » est entrée dans la langue anglaise pour désigner de tels engins, qui se rapprochent des machines de Rube Goldberg. (fr)
  • Nella cultura anglosassone, la sua opera è talmente celebre che l'espressione "Heath Robinson" viene usata idiomaticamente per riferirsi a una macchina assurdamente complessa progettata per ottenere un risultato banale. Una delle macchine realizzate durante la Seconda guerra mondiale per decifrare i messaggi in codice tedeschi fu battezzata Heath Robinson in suo onore. (it)
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  • 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". (en)
  • William Heath Robinson (* 31. Mai 1872 in London; † 13. September 1944 ebenda) war ein britischer Karikaturist, Illustrator, Schriftsteller und Bühnenbildner. Bekannt wurde er durch seine komischen Zeichnungen von Maschinen, deren Kompliziertheit in keinem Verhältnis zu ihrem banalen Nutzen steht. Außerdem gilt Robinson als einer der bedeutendsten Buch-Illustratoren des Art Nouveau. (de)
  • William Heath Robinson (31 mai 1872 — 13 septembre 1944) est un illustrateur britannique. Il est resté célèbre pour ses dessins de machineries d'une complexité absurde. L'expression « Heath Robinson » est entrée dans la langue anglaise pour désigner de tels engins, qui se rapprochent des machines de Rube Goldberg. (fr)
  • Nella cultura anglosassone, la sua opera è talmente celebre che l'espressione "Heath Robinson" viene usata idiomaticamente per riferirsi a una macchina assurdamente complessa progettata per ottenere un risultato banale. Una delle macchine realizzate durante la Seconda guerra mondiale per decifrare i messaggi in codice tedeschi fu battezzata Heath Robinson in suo onore. (it)
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