Alexander Robert Horne

Prof Alexander Robert Horne FRSE OBE MIME PRSSA (1881–1953) was a Scottish engineer and author.


He was born in Leven, Fife in 1881. He was educated at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh.

He was apprenticed as an engineer to James Milne & Sons Ltd of Milton House Works in the Canongate[1] in Edinburgh probably around 1896. He then went t the University of London to formally train as an engineer.

In 1910 he obtained a post as Professor of Engineering at Robert Gordons College in Aberdeen, aged only 29. Here he lived at 374 Great Western Road in Aberdeen.[2] In 1920 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Sir Thomas Hudson Beare, Richard Stanfield, George Adam Smith and John Taylor Ewen.[3]

In 1929 he moved to Heriot Watt University as Professor of Mechanical Engineering and stayed there until retiral in 1945.

He died in Edinburgh on 17 May 1953.

Positions of NoteEdit


  • This Modern World and the Engineer (1934) co-written with Charles Galton Darwin
  • The Age of Machinery
  • The Story of the Orkney and Zetland Association 1896–1946


He was married to Nina Helena Horne. They had a son Edward A Horne.[4]


  1. ^ "James Milne and Son". Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  2. ^ Aberdeen Post Office directory 1911–12
  3. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783 – 2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  4. ^ "Alexander Robert Horne (deceased) - Genealogy". Retrieved 25 February 2018.