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.
"The first Heath Robinson trademark illustrations of madcap, wildly
complicated contraptions appeared in 1908. And, as Britain tumbled
into the Great War, his whimsical wit was in even greater demand as
an antidote to too much reality. During its bloody course, he
published three books, which have been republished in this single
charming and nostalgic volume. . . . The extraordinary thing is how
free of rancor the cartoons are. . . . These are happy cartoons
from an unhappy time."-- "Times (UK)"
"The term 'Heath Robinson' has passed into the English language to mean a hugely over-complicated, rickety contraption designed to do a very simple task in the most pointlessly elaborate way. . . . Robinson drew many cartoons lampooning the excesses of the First World War and poking fun at the German Army, bringing welcome comic relief to British soldiers and civilians."-- "Military History Monthly"