Robert Stevenson Horne (1871-1940) received a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy at Glasgow University.
Horne first became a lecturer in Philosophy, then a successful businessman, as well as a British Member of Parliament for many years.
He held a number of high ranking political posts including Third Civil Lord of the Admiralty, President of the Board of Trade and Chancellor of the Exchequer. Viscount Horne of Slamannan was a staunch supporter of SCI for many years. A lecture was endowed in his name in 1943 by one of his industrial interests, the Imperial Smelting Corporation of which he was the first Chairman. Focusing on the materials sector, the lecture is traditionally given in either a Bristol or a South Wales venue in the UK. The South West areas of England and Wales are both industrially diverse, with manufacturing, minerals and energy companies continuing to play an important, if diminished, role in the economies of the regions.
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