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Robert H. Rines

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Robert Harvey Rines August 30, 1922 – November 1, 2009 was an American lawyer, inventor, musician, and composer He is perhaps best known for his efforts to find and identify the Loch Ness Monster


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Quest for "Nessie"
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Rines was born August 30, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts He received a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT in 1943, a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University in 1946, and a PhD from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan in 1972 During World War II Rines served as an Army Signal Corps officer and helped develop the Microwave Early Warning System

He held numerous US patents on a wide variety of subjects Although various on-line sources give their number as 80, 100, and even 200, the list published by the Franklin Pierce Law Center gives their number as 81, and 3 additional ones Nos 6,175,326, 7,314,178, and 7,392,192 can also be found in the US Patent and Trademark Office records However, 12 of those in the larger list are referred to as “applications only”, leaving 72 actually issued US patents

He was a renowned intellectual property lawyer, and in March 2004 received the Boston Patent Law Association "Lifetime Achievement Award" for his contributions in the field of intellectual property Rines also was inducted as member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1994 and the US Army Signal Corps Wall of Fame He was the founder of the Franklin Pierce Law Center, a private law school located in Concord, New Hampshire, and the Academy of Applied Science, a Massachusetts and New Hampshire based organization dedicated to stimulating the interest of high school students in science, technology, and inventions He was a lecturer at Harvard University and MIT and a member of the Technical Advisory Board of the US Department of Commerce

Rines was also an accomplished musician and composer At age eleven he played a violin duet with Albert Einstein at a summer camp in Maine As a composer he wrote music for both Broadway and off-Broadway shows, including Blast and Bravos, a musical based on the life of H L Mencken He also composed scores for O'Casey's Drums Under the Windows, O'Neill's Long Voyage Home, and Strindberg's Creditors He shared an Emmy Award with playwright Paul Shyre in 1987 for the television and later Broadway play Hizzoner the Mayor

His philanthropic activities included establishing the GREAT Fund, providing educational grants for a large extended family in perpetuity

In May 2008 Rines retired from his position at MIT after 45 years He died November 1, 2009 at the age of 87

Quest for "Nessie"

During a visit to Scotland in 1972, Rines reported seeing “a large, darkish hump, covered with rough, mottled skin, like the back of an elephant” in Loch Ness Over the next 35 years he mounted numerous expeditions to the loch and searched its depths with sophisticated electronic and photographic equipment, mostly of his own design While his investigations produced multiple theories and several tantalizing photographs, he was unable to produce sufficient evidence to convince the scientific community of the existence of the fabled monster For this he received the Dinsdale Memorial Award in 2004


  1. ^ Pierce Law Center IP Mall, “Patent Index for Dr Robert H Rines”
  2. ^ USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database; Rines, Robert H
  3. ^ wwwcryptomundocom Dinsdale Memorial Award 2008
  • Martin, Douglas November 7, 2009 "Robert Rines, Inventor and Monster Hunter, Dies at 87" The New York Times Retrieved November 8, 2009 
  • Robert H Rines Invent Now Accessed on September 24, 2005
  • Dr Robert H Rines Lord Corporation Accessed on September 24, 2005
  • Money Magazine They Saved Small Business Accessed on August 28, 2008
  • MIT Dr Robert H Rines: An Appreciation Accessed on October 9, 2008
  • Inventors Digest "Robert H Rines 1922–2009" Accessed on November 2, 2009

External links

  • Robert Rines - Daily Telegraph obituary
  • Archival Recordings of Bob Rines Teaching at MIT, 1974 - Contributed by Christopher E Strangio
  • Academy of Applied Science - History of the Academy of Applied Science

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